Jordaan explains Paraguay selection


With the annual fixture to commemerate the legacy of former South African president Nelson Mandela returning following a brief hiatus, Bafana will meet their 2002 FIFA World Cup Group B opponents for only the third time in their history.

The clash is set for the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday evening (kick-off at 19h30), just three days after the all-important 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria.

"If you look at all the Nelson Mandela Challenge matches in previous years, because we're part of CAF and the qualifications always involve African teams, we often look outside of the continent," explained Jordaan.

"We've played France, Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, United States – which shows we've looked outside the continent for most of the opposition.

"I think it's an opportunity ... I think, this is the first time someone like Percy Tau will play a team from outside the continent, so it will be a good experience [for him and the players] to play against South American opposition.

"As you know, we played Paraguay in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and now we have the opportunity to meet them again, as part of the centenary celebration."

With Durban having enjoyed a considerable amount of high-profile football fixtures of late - including the Soweto Derby Telkom Knockout semi-final later this month, Jordaan also explained the reason for taking it to the East Coast.

"We saw the patches on Saturday [from Kaizer Chiefs vs Chippa United] but I'm sure they will be able to fix it," he joked.

"It's always been a good venue - both from the point of the facility and the pitch, but also from the support base which has been very good, so we return 'home' to a happy hunting ground for us."