28 February 2012

South Africa/Senegal: Bafana Bafana Confident Ahead of Senegal Clash

Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane had a full complement of players to train with at the final training session on Tuesday afternoon (28 February 2012) following the arrival of the Belgium-based trio of defenders Anele Ngcongca, Siboniso Gaxa as well as midfielder Daylon Claasen.

The South African Senior Men's National Team is in Durban for an international friendly match against Senegal which will be played on Wednesday, 29 February at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Kickoff is at 20h35.

The players are in a confident mood ahead of that clash.

"We've been preparing well and we are ready for the game. In the previous games, we have drawn a lot, hopefully this time we'll start winning," said May Mahlangu.

His sentiments were echoed by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune who returns to the squad after a long lay-off due to injury.

"It has been a frustrating time on the sidelines and has not been easy for me as I always want to be on the field. As for the match against Senegal, we have to do the business because we are playing at home. We have to give the nation the results they are looking for even though we are facing a very good side. It is not good for the country that we play too many draws," said Khune.

Defender Morgan Gould threw caution to the wind.

"We cannot take them lightly just because they bombed out in the first round of the 2012 African Cup of Nations; they remain a very formidable side. They will be coming here like wounded tigers, but then again this is a very good time to play them as they will give us a strong challenge. Both sides are looking to get a win from the match so it will be a tough match, but we have to play well to get a win," said Gould.

The Senegalese team has already arrived in the country and will have their one and only training session at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, a few players took time off to visit Absa customers at one of the branches in the CBD where they were mobbed by those inside. The players who did a surprise visit to the branch were captain Steven Pienaar, Teko Modise, Morgan Gould, Thanduyise Khuboni and Thami Sangweni where they handed out signed autograph cards and match tickets.

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