Safa technical director Serame Letsoaka has been on a spying mission to Niger
Posted: 29 June 2011 Time: 2:28 pm
Safa technical director Serame Letsoaka has been on a spying mission to Niger ahead of preparations for Bafana Bafana's crucial African Nations Cup 2012 qualifier against the Mena.
Head coach Pitso Mosimane has revealed the developments, hailing Letsoaka's role in ensuring Bafana emerge from West Africa with a positive result and eventually qualifying for the biennial tournament after missing out on the 2010 edition. "Letsoaka has already gone to Niger and recently returned from that country to scout on our next opponents ahead of the match. We are awaiting the report from his trip to Niger," the Bafana coach says. Bafana, which is on course for qualifying for the Afcon tournament next year, will play Niger in September in a crucial Group G qualifier. South Africa, following a credible draw away in Egypt, leads the group with eight points from four games. Niger are second in the four-team group, two points behind the Bafana from the same number of games. In the first meeting between the two teams, Bafana beat their counterparts by 2-0 in Johannesburg. Letsoaka tells KickOff.com that he has attended all the matches played in the group, with particular emphasis on both Niger and Sierra Leone. "I checked on both teams' style of play and the squads used, to see if they were consistent. "I am aware of Niger's strong home record, but all I am willing to say is that I am confident that we will qualify for the finals in Equatorial Guinea next year. "Niger are in the same position as Bafana and need an outright victory to ultimately qualify, so they will throw everything into their preparations. "However, they also have a number of players who ply their trade outside their homeland and will be relying on their availability for preparations ahead of the Bafana match," he adds.