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International friendly match : South Africa named 23-man squad to face Spain

International friendly match : South Africa named 23-man squad to face Spain

Kouami Sessou . Posted in Africa, Football news No Comments

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund unveiled  a very young 23-man squad to face World and European champions Spain in an international friendly match scheduled for Tuesday, 19 November 2013.

Dubbed “The Champions are Coming,” the historic clash will take place at the home of South African football, FNB Stadium in Nasrec near Soweto.

Kick-off is at 21h00.

Igesund has selected a mixture of youth and experience, with an average age of 24 years.

He has named nine players based overseas, with the rest based locally.

“It is always a pleasure and a great thrill for any player to play agaisnt the best in the world. There is no doubt in my mind that they are best team in the world. They are the reigning World and European Champions, and for us to be playing agaisnt them is a great boost for the country as it will give us a good idea of where we are, but I am confident that we will be competitive on the night,” added Igesund.

The squad goes into camp on Saturday, 16 November.

Bafana bafana 23-man side for Spain

Goalkeeper: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Senzo Meyiwa (Orlando Pirates)

Defender: Thabo Nthete (Bloemfontein Celtic), Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers, England), Buhle Mkhwanazi (University of Pretoria), Siyanda Xulu (FC Rostov, Russia), Anele Ngcongca (Genk, Belgium), Tsepo Masilela (Kaizer Chiefs), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates)

Mildfielders: Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers, England), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, Angleterre), Andile Jali (Orlando Pirates), Daylon Claasen (Lech Poznan, Pologne), Kamohelo Mokotjo (PEC Zwolle, Pays-Bas), Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren, Belgium), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Sibusiso Vilakazi (BidVest Wits).

Strickers: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth, England), Kermit Erasmus (Orlando Pirates)

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