Bafana Bafana defender Thabo Nthethe says he can’t wait for the much-anticipated clash against five-time world champions Brazil next month.
South Africa will tackle the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts on Wednesday, 5 March at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec near Soweto in a match whose theme is “Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom.”
Nthethe missed the reciprocal clash in Sao Paolo in 2012 where a gallant Bafana Bafana narrowly lost 1-0.
“It is every player’s dream to play against the best, and I guess I am no different. I have not played against Brazil and given a chance on the day I will certainly do my best. I watched them against Bafana Bafana in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and in Sao Paolo two years ago and it has been my wish to play against them. If I am selected, it will be like a dream come true, more so coming at the back of having faced World and European champions Spain.
“I am really looking forward to this match,” said the former Bloemfontein Celtic captain who recently made a move to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Nthethe, who has been capped 19 times for Bafana Bafana, is expecting a blockbuster of a match; similar to the one against Spain.
“It is going to be a tough day but that is what every player savours; playing against the best in the business. They are an all-round team, very strong in defence and a sleek strike-force; so it calls for us to work as a team and be at our best,” said Nthethe.
The hard tackling defender said the match would be the sternest test for most of the players especially after the shock win against La Roja (Spain).
“I don’t think we will disappoint our legion of fans on the night as I believe coach Igesund has selected a very competitive squad that can hold it’s own against many teams. I have confidence that we will do well. We just hope our fans will come in full force to support us in this match,” added the Sundowns defender.
Tickets for this match are going for R50 for the top tier; R200 for the middle tier and R100 for the bottom tier.