Bafana face Stallions test

SOUTH Africa’s preparation for next month’s crucial 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Niger continues this evening as they face Burkina Faso in a friendly international this evening. Kick-Off at the Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg is 8.15pm


Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane named his squad for the match last week and made it clear that he is using the match against ‘The Stallions’ as a key preparation for Niger and a chance to rise up the FIFA World Rankings.

“We will have a very strong team to take on Burkina Faso as we are building towards Niger,” explained Mosimane.

“But it will be a difficult game in that most of our players are not really match fit as some come off from injuries whilst most of them are just completing their pre-season training.

“This match is a continuation of what we did in the goalless draw against Egypt, more so because we have a very short camp so there is not much to do.”

The Bafana coach added, “This clash is important in that it will give us a good chance to prepare thoroughly for the match against Niger. Burkina Faso is a West African side with the same style, mentality and physique like Niger.

“They are very big and strong and also play a fast game, so they will give us the test we need before we head off to Niamey. The good thing also is that they will be bringing their overseas-based players.

“We are also going for victory to help us get back on our climb in the FIFA World Rankings.”

Burkina Faso are ranked 39th in the world and 4th in the CAF zone, as compared to South Africa’s 49th and 7th placing in the respective categories.

Defeating the West Africans would help boost Bafana Bafana’s ranking, which could be crucial when the draw for the Africa Cup of Nations finals is made – assuming Mosimane’s team qualify.

Bafana have been hit by injuries in their build-up to the match: both Reneilwe Letsholonyane and regular captain Steven Pienaar have been forced to withdraw from the squad. Siphiwe Tshabalala will wear the captain’s armband in Pienaar’s absence.

This will be the first friendly meeting between South Africa and Burkina Faso. The sides have met in five previous competitive fixtures: one AFCON finals group match in 2002 and four World Cup qualifiers for the 2002 and 2006 editions.

Bafana have two wins to ‘The Stallion’s’ one, with the teams’ last meeting resulting in a 3-1 win for the West Africans in Ouagadougou in September 2005.


SA v Burkina Faso – previous meetings


27 January, 2001

v Burkina Faso 1-0 (Shaun Bartlett 17’)

World Cup group E

Olympia Park, Rustenburg

South Africa: Brian Baloyi, Cyril Nzama, Bradley Carnell, Lucas Radebe capt., Frank Schoeman, Godfrey Sapula, Pierre Issa, Sibusiso Zuma (Helman Mkhalele 46), Delron Buckley, Shaun Bartlett (Bradley August 83), Benedict McCarthy (Siyabonga Nomvete 67). Coach: Carlos Queiroz.

Burkina Faso: Diarra, O Traore, O Coulibaly, Ouattara, Korbeogo, Diabate, Nana, B Zongo, M Traore, Koudou, D Compoare (L Sanou 46 [Dao 76]). Coach: Diarra.

1 July, 2001

v Burkina Faso 1-1 (Sibusiso Zuma 24’; Nana 74’)

World Cup qualifying group E

4th August stadium, Ouagadougou

Cautions: Bradley August 48’; Natama 72’

Burkina Faso: Diarra, M Tall, Coulibaly, Korbeogo, Diabate, Nana, I Baleone (T Tall 46’), O Traore, M Traore (A Ouedraogo 65’), Yameogo, D Ouedraogo (Natama 65’). Coach: Diarra.

South Africa: Hans Vonk, Jacob Lekgetho, Andrew Rabutla, Matthew Booth, Dumisa Ngobe, John Moshoeu capt. (Bennett Mnguni 46’), Quinton Fortune (Dillon Sheppard 79’), Sibusiso Zuma, Delron Buckley, Bradley August, Abram Raselemane (Siyabonga Nomvete 46’). Coach: Carlos Queiroz.

20 January, 2002

v Burkina Faso 0-0

African Nations Cup finals, group B

Amady Ngaou stadium, Segou

Cautions: Benni McCarthy 18’, Mbulelo Mabizela 89’; Ouattara 20’, Dossama 82’

Burkina Faso: Kabore, Cisse, Tall, Tassembedo, Ouattara, Dossama, Panandetiguiri, Toure (Kambou 51’), N Yameogo (W Sanou 53’), Barro (Alassane Ouedraogo 67’), Dagano. Coach: J Yameogo.

South Africa: Hans Vonk, Mbulelo Mabizela, Bradley Carnell, Pierre Issa, Aaron Mokoena, Eric Tinkler, Quinton Fortune (Thabo Mngomeni 59’), Sibusiso Zuma, Delron Buckley, Benni McCarthy (Siyabonga Nomvete 69’), Shaun Bartlett capt. (Bradley August 19’). Coach: Carlos Queiroz.

Burkina Faso 2-0 (Steven Pienaar 13’, Shaun Bartlett 41’)

World Cup group two qualifier

Soccer City, Johannesburg

Cautions: Benedict Vilakazi 57’, Bradley Carnell 75’; Dagano 22’, Sanou 59’

South Africa: Hans Vonk, Bradley Carnell, Nasief Morris, Aaron Mokoena capt., Mbulelo Mabizela, MacBeth Sibaya, Benedict Vilakazi (Benson Mhlongo 83’), Steven Pienaar, Japhet Zwane (Elrio van Heerden 77’), Shaun Bartlett (Siyabonga Nomvete 83’), Benni McCarthy. Coach: Stuart Baxter.

Burkina Faso: Kabore, M Ouattara (Nogo 79’), A Ouattara (Toure 42’), Traore, A Ouedarogo, Coulibaly, Sanou, Tassembedo, Barro, Zongo (H Ouedraogo 83’), Dagano. Coach: Todorov.

3 September, 2005

v Burkina Faso 1-3 (Sibusiso Zuma 75’; Cisse 32’, 48’penalty, Yahia 39’)

World Cup group two qualifier

4th August stadium, Ouagadougou

Cautions: Yahia 36’; Mbulelo Mabizela 26’, Ricardo Katza 58’

Burkina Faso: Soulama, Tassembédo, B Ouattara, Barro, M Ouattara, Rouamba, Kéré (A Coulibaly 66’), Nikièma (Kabore 89’), Panandetiguiri, Yahia (Minoungou 82’), Cisse. Coach: Simondi.

South Africa: Hans Vonk, Thabiso Rammile (Ricardo Katza 46’), Aaron Mokoena capt., Mbulelo Mabizela, Nasief Morris (Lucky Lekgwathi 60’), Benson Mhlongo, Steven Pienaar, Elrio van Heerden, Siyabonga Nomvete (Sibusiso Zuma 60’), Benni McCarthy, Shaun Bartlett. Coach: Stuart Baxter.


SA v Burkina Faso – head-to-head stats


                     P         W        D         L          GF       GA

Home            2          2         0          0          3          0

Away             2          0         1          1          2          4

Neutral           1          0         1          0          0          0

Overall           5          2          2          1          5          4


SA Squad


Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns).

Defenders: Siboniso Gaxa (Lierse, Belgium), Morgan Gould (SuperSport United), Happy Jele (Orlando Pirates), Bongani Khumalo (Reading, England), Tebogo Langerman (SuperSport United), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk, Belgium), Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates).

Midfielders: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England), Andile Jali (Orlando Pirates), Hlompho Kekana (Bloemfontein Celtic), Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Tlou Segolela (Orlando Pirates), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs).

Forwards: Kermit Erasmus (SuperSport United), Lehlohonolo Majoro (Kaizer Chiefs), Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Serero (Ajax, Netherlands).

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