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Bafana vs Lesotho Scheduled For 1 June 2013

7 May 2013 The Touchline Expert

Bafana Bafana will play an international friendly against neighbours Lesotho in preparation of the forthcoming two FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Central African Republic and Ethiopia.

Gordon Igesund’s charges will lock horns with neighbours Lesotho in Maseru on Saturday, 1 June 2013 at Maseru Stadium.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 18h00.

“This is a hugely important match for us and we must thank the Lesotho FA for agreeing to the fixture as we struggled to get a warm-up ahead of the two important qualifiers. The last time we played a match was in March when we faced the CAR in Cape Town, so this clash against Lesotho will help a great deal with our preparations. We wanted to get at least two matches but we could not because there is no FIFA date available,” said Igesund.

“The advantage with Lesotho is that there is not too much travelling involved and with so many injuries to key players, this would be a great opportunity to give other fringe players a chance before we throw them into real matches.”

Bafana Bafana will then travel to Cameroon for a date with the Central African Republic (CAR) in the first World Cup qualifier on Saturday, 8 June in Yaoundé. The South Africans will remain in camp in Cameroon before leaving for Addis Ababa on 14 June to face Ethiopia in the second World Cup qualifier on Sunday, 16 June.

“We have to remain in Cameroon to deal with the issue of the high altitude in Ethiopia. Ideally we should be in Addis Ababa at least 12 days or so before the match, but seeing that we are unable to, we have to go in as late as possible, play our match and get out before we suffer from high altitude,” said Igesund.

The Bafana Bafana mentor will be travelling to Egypt on Thursday, 9 May to attend the 2012 and the 2013 AFCON tournament seminar where he will deliver a keynote address. He will return to South Africa on Monday, 13 May. Igesund is expected to announce his squad to play in the three matches on Thursday, 16 May.