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Bafana Bafana face Burkina Faso in February

Posted: 14 January 2011 Time: 14:40

Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe has confirmed that Bafana Bafana will play West Africans Burkina Faso in an international friendly on February 9 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. 

The match will serve as a warm-up for Bafana's crucial 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt at Soccer City in late March, and given that the fixture against the Burkinabe falls on a Fifa match day, coach Pitso Mosimane will have the luxury of calling up a full-strength squad.   Sedibe admits that Mosimane initially wanted to play against a North African team in February, but yet more procrastinating at Safa meant that their targets had already made commitments against other nations.   "Initially, our coach Pitso Mosimane wanted to play a match against one of the top North African teams like Morocco, Tunisia or Algeria, but we could not conclude a deal with either team after they withdrew," Sedibe said late last year.    "We could not try Egypt because they are in the same group with us for the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers."   The decision to take the game to Rustenburg is part of the organisation's commitment to play Bafana matches in all parts of the country, utilising the World Cup stadia.   "We have made a commitment as the Safa leadership after the World Cup in July that we will be taking our matches to the people to say a big thank you to South Africans for embracing Bafana Bafana during the World Cup," Sedibe said.   "In addition, we made it clear that Bafana Bafana will use the World Cup match venues because we don't want them to become white elephants."   South Africa and Burkina Faso have met on five previous occasions, with two wins for Bafana and one for the Burkinabe, with the other two drawn.   The very first meeting, a World Cup qualifier in 2001, was also played in Rustenburg, though on that occasion at Olympia Park, when a lone Shaun Bartlett goal gave the home side a 1-0 win.   The return fixture ended 1-1, Sibusiso Zuma getting Bafana's goal. The teams met at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations finals when they played to a 0-0 draw, while Steven Pienaar and Bartlett netted in a 2-0 win in a World Cup qualifier in 2004.   Their last meeting, away in 2005, ended in a surprise 3-1 defeat for Bafana, with Zuma again getting the lone Bafana goal.  

Article by: Mzansi Football

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 02:51 pm
there is one province that they never think of, PE, shame the stadium is called white elephant and it really is
posted: 02:58 pm
Andile are still lonely? If yes is the answer surely another website will be attached soon just for him to get a nice time, shame on you my girl! Get a life, Find yourself a partner. Our teams make us proud in the field of play not on some f00lish list
posted: 03:06 pm
Atleast someting positive from SAFA at last, still, Sedibe must go. i heard him saying they will want to continue working with the SABC going forward, what nonsense is that? I will like to remind him that SAFA is not only made up of Bafana Bafana only, we have teams from teh under17 upwards, when are we ever going to watch those teams?

Sedibe is failing us soccer lovers together with Nematandani. we also want to watch under17,20,23 and women national teams, they only have a guarantee regarding Bafana and they think its all hunky dorry, please guys, if you can't deliver, give that job to the president's father in law!
posted: 03:07 pm
ya dis safa neva look at ibhayi, unfair or consp?, hmm!!!
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 03:10 pm
Excuse my negativity here- but what lesson are we gonna learn from a team we have whipped more than 4 times before? We are playing Egypt for crying out loud!
posted: 03:13 pm
bafana vs the elephants, here's 2 hoping i.c will bring their toughest players. may my wish be granted. nuff said
posted: 03:45 pm
sooo sorry we r playing bukina faso, damn dats so disappointing, man dis safa. R we lukin 4 a draw. Viva bafana, whip them convincingly plz
Mr pitso plz attak, attak, attak.
posted: 03:49 pm
I hope this time my home boys will not disappoint by filling the RBSP.
posted: 03:58 pm
out now peace out, gudluck makhosi amahle, all we do is win win win no matter da haters say. nuff said
posted: 04:08 pm
Had these joke Safa guys new football after not getting north africans-they should have gone for a tteam that plays direct, tactical and a mix of long and short passes.your South korea, Italy, Russia, England etc
posted: 04:25 pm
If we want to warm up for the Egypt game, we need to play Morocco or Tunisia. North African football is different to West African. Even playing a club side from one of these countries could have been helpful if the national team was not available.
posted: 05:06 pm
Thats true Ant, afterall this nation is considered minors in africa, but wait we are as well so maybe this is good for Jingle's ego after it was bruised by USA C team
posted: 05:13 pm
why do safa always fail to secure friendly games with the 'targeted' opponents? That's the question they shud ask themselves.
posted: 05:21 pm
By Soccer Expect King

Whilst Chiefs is busy empowering other countries the BEST thing that is happening is that Bafana Bafana is getting support from other clubs who are preparing players for Pitso for Brazil 2014.

Masina (Swaziland)
Makonese (Zimbabwe)
Otorugu "Martin Lawrence" ( Nigeria)
Musouwoya (Malawi)
Chansa (Zambia)
Mongala (Botswana)

Nyandoro (Zimbabwe)
Mtizwa (Zimbabwe)
Fereira (Brazil)
Pelembe (Mozambique)
Mushekwi (Zimbabwe)
Mwanjali (Zimbabwe)

Hopefully FIFA will allow Bafana Bafana to use these "South Africans". lol....
posted: 08:01 pm
S zuma stil have an impct on bfanas vtory
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