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Igesund: We know what's at stake

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says his side will be well prepared when they face Mali

Posted: 2 February 2013 Time: 9:40 am

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says his side will be well prepared when they face Mali in the quarter-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday night.

The hosts are unbeaten so far in the tournament and finished on top of Group A having drawn against Cape Verde and Morocco, while they managed to collect maximum points against Angola.

Mali on the other hand have tasted defeat as they went down 1-0 to Ghana in their second group match, but have put that result behind them as they managed to qualify for the quarter-finals as the second best team in Group B.

"Obviously we know what's at stake, we know what we have to do and we know how we're going to play," said Igesund.

"We know who to take care of in their team and our preparations have gone very well.

"It's going to be a fantastic game, I think. Both teams are worthy of their spots in the quarter-finals and both teams want to get through to the semi-finals."

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Igesund has used the same starting line-up for the past two matches against Angola and Morocco and has promised to make a few changes this time around, including the forced exclusion of the suspended Anele Ngcongca.

The coach also played down the much talked about physical advantage that the Malians are expected to enjoy by stressing that his side will stick to their game plan.

"I've considered every player and I can tell you now I'm not going to have the same team out there,' said Igesund.

"Whether they are big or not big - we've got the players with great agility, speed and great presence of mind and at the moment the guys have really shown me that they are playing with confidence.

"The players have started to understand now that we are very capable and we have to keep the ball moving around and play with the pace that we've got; we need to play to our strengths.

When the two sides met in the quarter-finals of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali it was the hosts who prevailed 2-0, but Igesund says they are not paying much attention to those statistics.

"What's important to understand is that 2002 is a long way away and we're not even thinking about what happened before, we're focused on what we have to do now," he said.

The winner of this clash will face the winner of the quarter-final between Ivory Coast and Nigeria, which will take place at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.

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Previous comments on this story...

Fashion4(K4L)
posted: 09:50 am
Behind you boys 24/7. in GI, I believe.
Tobetsa Khosi
posted: 09:53 am
Bafana All The Way »»»» in BonganiKhumalo's Accent
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 09:54 am
R90 million to Mali from SA -jacob zuma
Mphoza83
posted: 10:00 am
We going to semis whether holigans like us or not.. Up da bucs...Re kaofela!
Champ of all
posted: 10:03 am
We all know what the changes are. Gaxa & Majoro start. Possible Nyawana and Nyenye as sub. More javilin athletes.......I c javelin soccer 2day. Gordon is so influenced by the media its nt funny.
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:06 am
Sifuna i-Ivory Coast...I'm looking pas these Malians...

Akho Mali engenamali ezosivimba la.

Bafana waya waya
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:07 am
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)posted: 09:54 am  |  Report
R90 million to Mali from SA -jacob zuma
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Phela thina sineMALI blind baba
Champ of all
posted: 10:08 am
I am so irritated by the kaizer chimpanzee fans comments regarding Bafana that I so wish Ingasende field more chimp players that he selected and lose. Ya, I wish my Bafana lose.
... joe banana.....
posted: 10:08 am
meyiwa - matlaba, sangweni, maminzela,nebo - manyisa, dikgacoi,king, lord vinegar -marapo, kalaba
... joe banana.....
posted: 10:11 am
Champ of all

posted: 10:08 am | Report

I am so irritated by the kaizer chimpanzee fans comments regarding Bafana that I so wish Ingasende field more chimp players that he selected and lose. Ya, I wish my Bafana lose.
====================================================================a
arent you tird of wishing? you've been wishing since the beggining of the psl, and since the beggining of the Afcon, you should have seen by now that your wishes will never come true! hardie baba, i can almost feel the pain of being a bucs supporter...
Champ of all
posted: 10:12 am
Our left and rightback will be so exposed and Sangweni and Bongani will take the blame from the bias media & chimpanzees.
... joe banana.....
posted: 10:13 am
Feelosopher (The Balotelli of Kick Off.com)

posted: 10:07 am | Report

Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)posted: 09:54 am | Report
R90 million to Mali from SA -jacob zuma
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Phela thina sineMALI blind baba

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a mere R90m will not even dent our pockets, even a little bit
G-Star
posted: 10:13 am
All the best sir Igesund in you I be-live to the rest of the team go out the guys and make us proud.Bafana Bafana ayeye all the way.
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 10:15 am
I forsee Sangweni and Majoro both scoring a brace each, n Khumalo scoring his 1st brace on his own net.
final score: SA 4 Mali 2
Champ of all
posted: 10:16 am
This team is nt better than Mali....of Malians won't allow themeselves to be intermedated by the crowd...they will easiliy go pass Bafana....we have no team really except javelin athletes & we have no coach.
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:24 am
... joe banana.....posted: 10:13 am  |  Report
Feelosopher (The Balotelli of Kick Off.com)

posted: 10:07 am | Report

Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)posted: 09:54 am | Report
R90 million to Mali from SA -jacob zuma
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Phela thina sineMALI blind baba

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a mere R90m will not even dent our pockets, even a little bit...
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We(S.A) have been giving oMaminzela amagrant for izingane zakhe zobaba abangaziwa baseZambia...mand we are feeding izingane zoMarapo ezikoleni ngamamillions...so what's 90 mill to us, PLease remind me
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:26 am
. joe banana.....posted: 10:13 am  |  Report
Feelosopher (The Balotelli of Kick Off.com)

posted: 10:07 am | Report

Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)posted: 09:54 am | Report
R90 million to Mali from SA -jacob zuma
------------------------------

Phela thina sineMALI blind baba

-------------------------------

a mere R90m will not even dent our pockets, even a little bit...
--------------------------------------------

We(S.A) have been giving oMaminzela amagrant for izingane zakhe zobaba abangaziwa baseZambia...AND we are feeding izingane zoMarapo ezikoleni ngamamillions...so what's 90 mill to us, PLease remind me
Champ of all
posted: 10:26 am
@banana,

Say the pain of being a Bafana supporter nt Bucs supporter. I am very happy to support Pirates & very proud of being the only team to have the star and the only team to win back to back treble. I am just a sad Bafana supporter. It is by luck we qualified for quater finals. Bafana is weak. Yes by luck, Sangweni's brilliance and fans together with homeground advantage we cn go all the way and even win the afcon..
Champ of all
posted: 10:30 am
What is Mphela doing Lemfenenyane?
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 10:31 am
He has spoken. Who else can speak mara? Roger Kalaba? Mxm

Bafana all the way. Today I see a clean victory. Go bafana goooooo!

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