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South Africa confirms friendly against Ghana

Published on: 11 December 2011

South Africa football authorities have confirmed that they will play Ghana in a friendly next month as a Nations Cup warm-up for the Black Stars.

Last month, www.mtnfootball.com revealed that the friendly has been lined-up most likely in Rustenbrug to help Ghana prepare.

Now the South Africans have confirmed that the game will take place even though the exact date and venue is still not known.

The match is among series of games lined-up for the Bafana Bafana to make up for their absence at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bafana will also have the honour of playing Equtorial Guinea in an inaugural game scheduled to officially open one of the stadiums where Africa Cup of Nations matches will be hosted.

South Africa Football Association (Safa) CEO Robin Petersen has confirmed the invitation from the west central African country.

Bafana will play against Zambia, Ghana and India in what will be an opportunity for Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane to run the rule over his team ahead of the tough World Cup qualifiers.

"These are some of the fixtures Bafana will play to make up for their absence in Afcon," said Petersen.

"We welcome the invitation and we hope the team will fully benefit from it."

Whereas India are known for their cricketing prowess rather than their adeptness on a football pitch, Zambia and Ghana could offer resistance for Bafana.

Zambia is one of the three Cosafa region nations who grace the Caf spectacle, to be hosted jointly by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

And there could be no better opportunity for Chipolopolo and the Black Stars to chisel themselves ahead of the tourney than to play Bafana in one of their preparatory matches.

Just as it remains a concern to the nation, the acute failure of South Africa national teams remain a concern for the football association.

"The big issue is around what we are doing about these failures to qualify for tournaments," said Petersen.

Comments

  • nicholas marfo says:
    December 11, 2011 01:02 pm
    I dont understand the reason why S/Africa always beat GH. The team that (if my memory serve me right) are yet to beat NIGERIA that we (GHANA) beat with ease. I need explanation. B/cos deep inside me I know, that the best we could get is a draw, GOD BLESS GHANA....
  • TOM says:
    December 11, 2011 01:08 pm
    3y3 Asem oo
  • Opoku chris S.A says:
    December 11, 2011 02:22 pm
    Not this time NICO, jah bless
  • Opoku chris S.A says:
    December 11, 2011 02:30 pm
    Im No.1 supporter. Jah bless ghana
  • bright says:
    December 11, 2011 03:14 pm
    not this time south africa, this time ghana will win and the scored is going to be Ghana 2 South Africa 1
  • bright says:
    December 11, 2011 03:15 pm
    it going to be Ghana 2 South Africa 1
  • carl patrick ofori aboagye ; u.k says:
    December 11, 2011 04:16 pm
    nicholas what u are saying is truely right, so gfa must ensure that we win these matches in oder to keep hopes and dreams alive of the afcon
  • carl patrick ofori aboagye ; u.k says:
    December 11, 2011 04:16 pm
    nicholas what u are saying is truely right, so gfa must ensure that we win these matches in oder to keep hopes and dreams alive of the afcon
  • carl patrick ofori aboagye ; u.k says:
    December 11, 2011 04:16 pm
    nicholas what u are saying is truely right, so gfa must ensure that we win these matches in oder to keep hopes and dreams alive of the afcon
  • cofie says:
    December 11, 2011 05:56 pm
    you are wrong Nicholas. dont forget we beat S/A both home and away to qualify for the world cup for the first time
  • red says:
    December 11, 2011 06:36 pm
    they dnt beat us in competitive matches plsss
  • Kwalife says:
    December 12, 2011 01:03 am
    They only beat us in FRIENDLY matches when nothing is at stake.... In those matches there is always some experimental players playing and players playing to avoid injury!
  • emmarooney says:
    December 12, 2011 12:07 pm
    south africa u guys are kidding we beat them in under 23 olympics qualifies also we beat them to qualify for 2006 world cup both home and away.head to head is might be balance since we lost to them in ghana nigeria 2000 and also in the previous tournament .
  • Michael says:
    December 12, 2011 12:12 pm
    Ghana must win against S/Africa to boost their moral for the up coming afcon,we have the best team and I hope Ghana will win the cup during the tournament,God bless Ghana.Amen
  • bawah says:
    December 14, 2011 12:31 pm
    @nichola marfo Ghnana beat south africa twice to qualify for the world cup.Ghana beat south africa in Ghana and beat them on their own grounds 2-0 to qualify for the first time for the World Cup.REMEMBER THE TIME!