Igesund plots for Chan


The tournament, which is reserved for local-based players, will take place on home soil from January 11 to February 1 next year.

Igesund may struggle to select his best team as the event falls outside of a Fifa calendar date, meaning clubs are not compelled to release their charges for international duty.

Igesund said: "It is important that we start preparing for that event. Everything we do now going forward will solely be for the tournament. 

"We are working on finalising two matches as a start next month, and we might end up playing four friendly matches before the Chan.

"But the first thing I have to do is find out about the availability of players for the tournament. We need to get that sorted soon so that I can start working on selecting the players to feature in the Chan. 

"Talks are ongoing between the South African Football Association and the Premier Soccer League. In the next few days we might have an idea of which direction to take." 

He continued: "We are in a tough group but the plan is to go and win it. We are playing Nigeria, Mozambique and Mali.

"The only way we can do well is to have the best players available, but it is a bit early to talk about that seeing that the tournament does not fall on a Fifa calendar date."

Bafana returned home this morning after playing to a 1-1 friendly draw with 2015 Afcon hosts Morocco this past Friday.

"I am happy with the exercise we took to go to Morocco and introduce these youngsters against some of the best players in international football," Igesund added. 

"I was able to see how they react in front of a big crowd like the one we had in Agadir.

"We will be introducing more youngsters in the next few matches because we need a bigger pool of players to get the team ready for the 2015 Afcon qualifiers and tournament as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia."