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Busy schedule for Bafana Bafana in 2017

Posted: 1 February 2017 Time: 09:58

This year will turn out to be one of the busiest for Bafana Bafana as they will be playing almost every month except in May and December.

After no action for three months – since the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier against Senegal at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in November 2016, which Bafana Bafana won 2-1 – the South African senior men’s national team will return to the field at the end of the first quarter of 2017.

First up are two international FIFA dates on the 25th and 28th of March – home and away respectively – with as yet unnamed opponents.

In April there will be back to back CHAN qualifiers between the 20th and the 30th.

The next outing will be an away clash to Nigeria in the first match of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifiers on the weekend of 9/10/11 June, followed by an international friendly fixture a few days later (13 June) with an as yet to be named country.

July and early August will see the South Africans continuing with the CHAN qualifiers and likelihood of another international friendly clash at the end of August.

September will perhaps be Bafana Bafana’s most hectic period of the year: they resume their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers with back to back clashes against Cape Verde – with the first match away.

This will be followed another back to back encounter in the CHAN qualifiers later in the month, with the last qualifier scheduled for the beginning of October.

Burkina Faso lies in wait in the penultimate 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on Saturday, 7 October in South Africa.

Bafana Bafana will close the year with perhaps the most important match of their lives when they travel to Senegal for the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers set for the weekend of 10/11 November.

The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in December.



Saturday, 25th
International Friendly – venue / opponent TBC

Tuesday 28th
International Friendly – venue / opponent TBC


21~23 CHAN Qualifiers

28~30 CHAN Qualifiers


9~11 Nigeria vs BAFANA BAFANA, AFCON 2019 Qualifiers

Tuesday, 13th
International Friendly – venue / opponent TBC


14~16 CHAN 2018 Qualifier

21~23 CHAN 2018 Qualifier


11~13 CHAN 2018 Qualifier

18~20 CHAN 2018 Qualifier

28~31 International Friendly - FIFA date - venue/opponent TBC


1~2 Cape Verde vs BAFANA BAFANA, World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

Tuesday 5th
BAFANA BAFANA vs Cape Verde, World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – 19h00 - venue TBC

22~24 CHAN 2018 Qualifier

29~30 CHAN 2018 Qualifier


Sunday, 1st CHAN 2018 Qualifier

Saturday, 7th
BAFANA BAFANA vs Burkina Faso, World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – 15h00 - venue TBC

Tuesday, 10th
International Friendly – venue/opponent TBC


10~11 Senegal vs BAFANA BAFANA, World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

Tuesday, 14th
International Friendly – venue/opponent TBC


Friday, 1st
Draw for the World Cup Russia 2018

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