Bafana’s Road to Brazil campaign takes a ‘Kaapse Draai’

By Herman R Gibbs

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bafana Bafana’s “Road to Brazil” campaign resumes next month when
Gordon Igesund’s side host the ‘The Wild Beasts’ from the Central
Africa Republic (CAR) in a crucial Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup
qualifying match.

The tie is scheduled for Saturday, 23 March 2013 at the magnificent
Cape Town Stadium. Kick off 20h15.

Bafana Bafana returns to the Mother City where they played an
international friendly match against Norway earlier this year
(Tuesday, 8 January) before one of the biggest crowds ever to witness
Bafana in this splendid coastal city.

“As usual, the City of Cape Town is proud to host our boys as part of
our unwavering commitment and support for Bafana Bafana. We want to
take this opportunity to congratulate them for a job well done in the
recently-ended Africa Cup of Nations tournament which we hosted,” said
City of Cape Town Executive Director, Anton Groenewald.

“The determination Bafana showed in the just ended AFCON tournament
confirmed that the future is bright for our football and that we are
headed in the right direction. This important encounter against the
CAR is part of our continued support for Bafana. We once again expect
a huge crowd like we saw in January. Let’s also take this opportunity
to wish head coach Gordon Igesund fast recovery and hope he arrives
here in Cape Town in fine health to proudly lead the team to victory.”

This will be South Africa’s third match in the campaign following two
draws against Ethiopia and Botswana last year.

“After our great showing in the AFCON 2013, we are confident Bafana
Bafana will do well in the campaign to qualify for Brazil 2014. This
by no way means we are disrespecting our opponents. We did not start
our campaign well, but at the same time it must be noted that we
haven’t lost a match, which is a positive sign,” said SAFA President
Kirsten Nematandani.

“Now we need to continue from where we left off in the AFCON
tournament and carry the momentum into the qualifiers. We return to
Cape Town where we always enjoy great support, and we urge the people
of the Mother City and surrounding areas to do it again and rally
behind our boys.”

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