Rumours were rife that the Poland game might be scrapped in favour of another African encounter, and coach Gordon Igesund admits that was the initial idea, but for a lack of available opponents.
“Initially I felt it was prudent to play African opposition considering we will be playing in the Afcon tournament in four months’ time,” he said. “But after seeing the opposition available, I decided Poland was the best option.
“Most of the top African teams are involved in the 2013 Afcon qualifiers, therefore we had no tough opponents to play against.
“We need to play strong opposition so we can be tested thoroughly; therefore after considering all options which we had, I have no doubt in my mind that Poland will give us the test that we require.”
Bafana will face Poland in Warsaw on October 12, and face Kenya in Nairobi four days later.