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‘CT Stadium will suit Bafana’

Gordon Igesund says Cape Town Stadium will benefit Bafana

Posted: 18 March 2013 Time: 5:41 pm

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says he chose Cape Town Stadium to face Central African Republic in a 2014 World Cup qualifier because it’s the venue that will best suit his game-plan.

South Africa face a must-win game against their Group A opponents on Saturday after two disappointing draws that have left them in third place, and Igesund believes Cape Town Stadium will provide him and his players with the best opportunity to make up lost ground.

“I brought this game to Cape Town because we have always had a very good feeling here. I’ve only been here once with the team for the game against Norway, and the vibe that we got was a fantastic one,” he says.

“People of Cape Town are very passionate about their football, as they are all around the country. I know they [Cape Town fans] were not involved in the Africa Cup of Nations – we would have loved them to be – but it’s not only about us liking Cape Town and enjoying the fantastic crowd, I also think the stadium will suit us.

“It’s a nice a big stadium, and Central African Republic are a team that want to play on a small ground, want to close people down, want to kick – they’re quite a physical team – so I think Cape Town Stadium is ideal for this game.

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“If we can play football according to the squad I selected; keep the ball, knock it around and play very attacking football with a lot of possession, I think we can get a positive result.”

Igesund also reveals the decision to play the match at night was his.

“It’s important that we play a night game – I know Central African Republic don’t like playing at night, even though 19 of them are playing in Europe. Most of them are used to playing under lights, but it’s not easy playing in Cape Town; even in the league teams come to Cape Town and they always battle.

“Like I said, we have a very big advantage playing in Cape Town, especially if it’s one of those nights where the wind comes up and it’s a bit rainy.”

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Article by: Ryan Cooper

Previous comments on this story...

KG101
posted: 05:55 pm
Bafana never win in cape town
josy3
posted: 05:55 pm
a venue is a venue this GI he talks too much, were is Jali and Bennie, we will loose on a must win, what is he gonna tell us,select players according to merit not that phala,dikgase
shhhhhd
posted: 05:56 pm
But we never won in Cape Town GI...
Glamour dude
posted: 05:57 pm
All the best to Bafana Bafana.....................................Gold
shuduu
posted: 06:10 pm
cowgodrn mxm
kwales@webmail.co.za
posted: 06:18 pm
In Gordon i believe
El Kampion
posted: 06:18 pm
Cape town wind must brace itself to be made a scapegoat after this game
X-man
posted: 06:31 pm
We don't care about the stadium baba, all we want is a win from you

K4L
the sport light
posted: 07:13 pm
Dis game belongs in Durban Moses Mabhida Bafana, Chiefs slaughter house.
Ted
posted: 07:20 pm
Off topic:
Parker and Jali in a class Teacher: Parker would you
please name three south african
banks
Parker: Capitec, Nedbank, Absa
Teacher: Good jali would you
please give us name of banks beside that parker has
mentioned
jali: Rose bank
Teacher: What?
Jali: Ngiyadlala, Witbank
sl13. KC
posted: 07:27 pm
Sobe sikhona gordon !!!!!!!
El Kampion
posted: 07:47 pm
Tedposted: 07:20 pm | Report
Off topic:
Parker and Jali in a class Teacher: Parker would you
please name three south african
banks
Parker: Capitec, Nedbank, Absa
Teacher: Good jali would you
please give us name of banks beside that parker has
mentioned
jali: Rose bank
Teacher: What?
Jali: Ngiyadlala, Witbank
+++++++++++++++++++++
I just saved this,everytime i struggle to sleep i will read it again and it will help me sleep

*YAWNING4DAYS*
Glamour boy yase Mthatha
posted: 08:30 pm
To all those Rats who are crying about Jali not being selected, where were they when he said to soccer laduma that he doesnt care even if he is not being selected to play for Bafana as long as he is playing 4 the Rats?....huh? benikuphi?.....stop crying like babies here...by the way, i would like to greet the Khosi family, i'm knew here just joined now....Molweni Makhosi amahle...

#izinja ziyakhonkotha#
Liqhame
posted: 08:30 pm
Poor Gordon! I wonder what will be the excuse if he loses the match.

Barker has come out to say he doesn't not understand why does Jali get excluded from Bafana while he is one of our best midfielders? I Gordon can be able to answer this after he loses against the central african republic.

I wonder if SAFA will have the guts to fire Gordon after the qualifiers!
Glamour boy yase Mthatha
posted: 08:31 pm
i meant new
the_realist@mobi
posted: 09:03 pm
I would like 2 announce on behalf of Sunflops pension fund management that the window 4 the Rats fans 2 cross floor and sell their memberships 2 Chloorkop based circus is now open, each rat/gorilla will earn him/herself an amount of R1 937 if they join sunflops. This follows after a concern raised by the players that they are losing games as a result of psychological confusion that follows every time they play any PSL team (except Kho6), that they hear the echoes of their own voices whenever they are shouting 4 a ball which cause their minds 2 tune into a training session mode. This offer opens till further notice. It is believed Motsepe ordered his employees 2 target the gorilla camp as he sees fit following their displeasure with how things are turning at Gayfair gorilla farm. It is expected that the likes of Gorillas like Maminzela, King, Matt & company could change the fortunes in that circus camp with their gorilla tricks. For nearest contact person 4 further details contact Roger Malinga (double agent) @ RogerKick@gorillacamp.soweto.
Super Green
posted: 09:07 pm
If Jali was so good then why is he not playing overseas in one of the big European league's? The answer is obvious ....he is not good enough just an average player with a drinking problem....FACT.
latinoh
posted: 11:57 pm
GI no mata what hppns jst win that game no excuses.u chose da venue da tym n da playerz...result GI result...

YELLOW BLOOD dankie DAWANAS
mr_shange
posted: 08:16 am
mr GI forgets one thing Bafana will be visitors xactly like car,the same conditions hes praying for might come up and punish us........with the likes of KG.....
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 08:19 am
El Kampion

posted: 06:18 pm | Report

Cape town wind must brace itself to be made a scapegoat after this game
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No my man, CTN Stadium doesnt have much wind like Athlone...its much more better eCTN Stadium. Ive been there many times, during summer and winter....so GI wont have that for an excuse...

I wanted to watch this game kanjani qha i have plans for that day..
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