Bafana Bafana are set to play their first post-lockdown match, as confirmed by the South African Football Association.
As confirmed by SAFA, Bafana have been scheduled to play against Zambia and Namibia in friendly matches as part of the preparations for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
Molefi Ntseki’s team will play two back-to-back matches against Sao Tome in November 2020 in the Cameroon 2021 AFCON qualifiers, before playing a further two matches next year against Ghana and Sudan respectively.
“The Bafana Bafana versus Zambia friendly match has now been rescheduled for Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 13 October 2020 while the away match against Namibia on 8 October will be played at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek,” SAFA confirmed on their official website.
“Bafana Bafana coach, Molefi Ntseki will address the SAFA NEC meeting this coming Saturday, 19 September 2020 at SAFA House, where he will present his final programme. The two proposed friendly matches against COSAFA opponents are meant to fine-tune the Senior Men’s National team before the two back-to-back Cameroon 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Sao Tome. Bafana Bafana welcome Sao Tome at FNB Stadium on 13 November before engaging the same opponents in the return game three days later,” reads SAFA’s statement.
“South Africa then take on Ghana at FNB Stadium on 25 March 2021 in the penultimate Cameroon 2021 qualifiers before completing the programme away to Sudan in Khartoum on 30 March.
"The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers commence in May 2021. Bafana Bafana are in Group G, together with neighbours Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Ghana. Only group winners will advance to the final round of qualifying where 10 Group winners will be drawn into five two-legged affairs to determine the five countries that will represent Africa in Qatar,” confirmed SAFA.
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