7 January 2013

South Africa: Bafana Complete Preparations Ahead of Norway Clash

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South African players.

Bafana Bafana have completed an intensive training session as they completed their preparations for the Norway game that will take place on Tuesday, 8 January 2013 at the Cape Town Stadium.

Kickoff is at 20h30.

This will be Bafana Bafana's first match since the announcement of the 23-man squad on the 30th of December 2012.

South Africa had an intensive training session under the watchful eye of head coach Gordon Igesund and his technical team.

Dean Furman was rested for the final session on Monday, 7 January. The midfielder joined camp on Sunday, 6 January after playing in an third round FA Cup tie for his club Oldham Athletic in England on Saturday (5 January). The coach will select from all available players who have all been given a clean bill of health apart from Furman.

"Dean won't get a run as he has played a lot of games for his club in a short space of time. So we will rest him for tomorrow's match because the bigger picture is the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2013 tournament starting in less than two weeks," said Igesund.

The head coach is confident that his players will do well against the 24th ranked Norway who arrived in South Africa on Friday night.

The two countries have met twice before with South Africa winning one and Norway winning the other.

"We want to win tomorrow night, but we are more focussed on the tournament so I won't be showing my entire tactics lest we get injuries before we begin our campaign. We need a complete turnaround from the last six matches we played where I was looking at players, now I have been able to spend some time with them and we are getting somewhere. I want to excite people with our play, and I want the players to play with flair, pace and passion and we can only do that when we have the crowd behind us," added the coach.

Bafana Bafana depart for Johannesburg on Wednesday, 09 January in the morning to prepare for their second international friendly match of the year against Algeria which will be played at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 12 January.

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