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I have not yet decided on my starting XI - Igesund

Written By Themba Khumalo on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said he had not yet decided on the starting line-up or the captaincy.

“I have not yet decided on my starting 11, I am very close to it. I want to make sure we do things properly. We still have to analyze tapes for the opposition and once I have finalized my starting 11, I will be able to announce the captain,” he said.

The coach said training in the rain did not have any impact on his plans. He also spoke about the disappointment of missing captain Itumeleng Khune.

“The rain is part of the game and missing Itumeleng Khune is a huge blow. He is a top class goalkeeper, probably in the top 10 or top 15 in the world and to miss a goalkeeper like that is a bit of a blow.

“As far as our preparations are concerned, it’s not difficult when you have a squad that has been with you for some time. Most of the players have been with me for 18 months and over those 18 months we have worked on how we want to play, the philosophy and so forth. In the two days that I have had them they understand quickly what we need to do because we have been doing that for 18 months.

“For me it’s very important that we go out there and put up a performance that we are capable of putting up. We have to continue from where we left off against Morocco and against Spain. I am very confident that the guys will put up a very competitive performance tomorrow night,” said Igesund.

The international friendly match against Brazil scheduled for FNB Stadium on Wednesday will kick-off  at 19h00. The match will form part of the country’s celebrations for the 20 years of freedom. It will also be an occasion to hand over the FIFA World Cup baton to 2014 hosts Brazil as well as an opportunity to unveil the two countries’ new playing kits.
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