South Africa: Igesund Names Strong Squad to Face Brazil

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Bafana Bafana

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund today announced a 23-man squad to take on 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil in an international friendly match scheduled for Wednesday, 5 March 2014.

The clash involving past World Cup hosts against the next hosts will take place at the home of South African football, FNB Stadium and will kick off at 19h00.

The squad has an average age of 24 years and the bulk is from the team that defeated World and European Champions Spain 1-0 at the same venue in November last year.

"Ït is not everyday that one gets to play against five-time world champions. This is a great opportunity for us to continue from where we left off against Spain last year. We played Brazil in Sao Paolo and narrowly lost 1-0. They are the hosts of the 2014 World Cup, so they will definitely be taking this match seriously as you can see from the squad they have selected," said Igesund.

"Ï also have a lot of confidence in the squad I have selected and I believe we will be very competitive on the night. This should be a very good challenge for the players."

Tickets for this match are already on sale at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Shoprite/Checkers stores countrywide.

They are going for R50 for the top tier; R200 for the middle tier and R100 for the bottom tier.

Brazil released a squad of 16 players based in Europe to take on Bafana Bafana. More players based in Brazil will be added to the squad in the coming days.

Bafana Bafana Squad:

NO.

PLAYER'S NAME

CLUB

GOALKEEPERS:

1.

Itumeleng KHUNE (C) 26

Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

2.

Ronwen WILLIAMS 22

Supersport United FC (SA)

DEFENDERS:

3.

Thabo NTHETE 29

Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

4.

Bongani KHUMALO 27

Doncaster Rovers FC (Eng)

5.

Buhle MKHWANAZI 24

Tuks FC (SA)

6.

Siyanda XULU 22

FC Rostov (Russia)

7.

Anele NGCONGCA 26

Racing Genk FC (Belgium)

8.

Thato MOKEKE 23

Supersport United FC (SA)

9.

Thabo MATLABA 26

Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

MIDFIELDERS:

10.

Dean FURMAN 25

Doncaster Rovers FC (Eng)

11.

Kagisho DIKGACOI 29

Crystal Palace FC (Eng)

12.

Siphiwe TSHABALALA 29

Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

13.

Daylon CLAASEN 23

Lech Poznan FC (Poland)

14.

Thulani SERERO 23

Ajax Amsterdam FC (Holland)

15.

Andile JALI 23

KV OOSTENDE (BELGIUM)

16.

Oupa MANYISA 25

Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

17.

Ayanda PATOSI 21

Lokeren FC (Belgium)

18.

Lindokuhle MBATHA 28

Platinum Stars FC (SA)

19.

Bongani ZUNGU 21

Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

20.

Hlompho KEKANA 28

Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

STRIKERS:

21.

Bernard PARKER 27

Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

22.

Tokelo RANTIE 23

Bournemouth FC (Eng)

23.

Dino NDLOVU 23

Supersport United FC (SA)

Brazil Squad:

Goalkeeper:

Julio Cesar (QPR/ENG)

Defenders:

Thiago Silva (Paris SG/FRA)

David Luiz (Chelsea/ENG)

Dante (Bayern Munich/GER)

Dani Alves (FC Barcelona/ESP)

Rafinha (Bayern Munich/GER)

Marcelo (Real Madrid/ESP)

Midfielders:

Paulinho (Tottenham/ENG)

Fernandinho (Manchester City/ENG)

Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg/GER)

Ramires (Chelsea/ENG)

Oscar (Chelsea/ENG)

Willian (Chelsea/ENG)

Strikers:

Neymar (Barcelona/ESP)

Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS)

Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk/UKR)

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