BAFANA Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has hinted that he might give four youngsters a chance in his starting line-up when South Africa take on Morocco in an international friendly match scheduled for Agadir Stadium this evening.
Speaking after the squad’s second and final training session in Morocco yesterday, Igesund had nothing but praise for his charges.
“The guys are fired up for the game. They all want to play and that’s always difficult for the coach because you can’t play everybody. But I have to find the right balance, mix the youngsters with the experienced players. Most of the youngsters are looking very sharp and they could give us something tomorrow. I have my starting 11 but there is one or two I need to confirm,” said the Bafana Bafana mentor.
“I want to see the team stabilised in the first half, and you can expect to see players like Sibusiso Vilakazi, Daylon Claasen, and I am even thinking of giving Siyanda Xulu a chance at the back – so you could see about four youngsters in there. We have to give them a chance and see them progress because these are the future stars.”
A capacity crowd is expected after all tickets at the 45 000-seater venue were snapped up two days ago.
“I am not surprised that tickets have been sold out. Everyone around here wants to be part of the celebrations of opening the new stadium,” said one Morocco fan.
“We cannot understand what they say in the newspapers, but the people we speak to tell us this is a big game for them hence they have brought their best players. I believe with this match there is so much to take out of because Morocco are giants of African football,” added Igesund.
South Africa has not lost to Morocco in four competitive outings. This will be the first time they play in a friendly international.
22 February 1998
Morocco 1 v South Africa 2
Africa Cup of Nations Quarterfinal?
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
30 January 2002
South Africa 3 v Morocco 1
Africa Cup of Nations, Group B
4 February 2004
Morocco 1 v South Africa 1
Africa Cup of Nations, Group D
27 January 2013
Morocco 2 v South Africa 2
Africa Cup of Nations, Group A
Durban, South Africa