Igesund: Bafana a work in progress

Bafana Bafana's coach Gordon Igesund says the national team was not demoralised after their loss to Poland. (Gallo)

Bafana Bafana's coach Gordon Igesund says the national team was not demoralised after their loss to Poland. (Gallo)

Bafana will meet Kenya in an international friendly on Tuesday at Nyayo Stadium. Kick-off is 7pm Kenyan time and 6pm South African time.

The two teams last met in February 2011 at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng near Rustenburg, where the home team scored a 2-0 win thanks to Davide Somma and former captain Steven Pienaar.

This time, both sides have new coaches, with the much-travelled Henri Michel, formerly with Mamelodi Sundowns, now in charge of Kenya.

This will be Michel's first match in charge of Kenya, while Igesund is in his fourth match with the national team.

Bafana Bafana are ranked 76th on the Fifa World rankings. Kenya is 128th.

"We are trying a number of combinations in preparations for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
We have 26 players in camp and some didn't play against Poland, so this will be their chance to also get a run ... We have to juggle the squad around so that we have a clear picture when we name the final squad for the tournament," Igesund said.

"We haven't started tactical work yet because the current idea is to watch as many players as possible. In the next three weeks or so I will be 70% certain of my final squad, but for now it is still a work in progress."

No pressure
Igesund said losing to Poland had not put the team under any pressure because they were more concerned with the bigger picture.

"There is no pressure at all because we are in the preparatory phase. I would rather lose to Poland and Kenya, but do well in the Afcon."

The players believed they could defeat Kenya.

"Obviously we were very disappointed to lose to Poland. We did well in the first half, but we became eager to win in the second half and lost shape. We all know we should have done better," said midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi.

"We learnt a lot as a team from that clash, but it is now behind us and we have a match against Kenya to take care of. We are looking forward to that encounter and we are hopeful we will rectify the Poland mistakes and come up with a good win."

Captain Bongani Khumalo says the team will need some time to become a well-oiled machine.

"The coach has spoken about trying different players and combinations, and we all know that the chemistry of success doesn't come overnight. I believe we have good players with a strong mentality, and we are doing our best to get to know each other's style of play and have an understanding.

"Against Kenya we will have to go out and do the best and I believe we should come out with a positive result," Khumalo said. &dnash; Sapa

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