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bafana go all out for a win

By unknown | Feb 11, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa and Matome Lebea

Ramatsiyi Moholoa and Matome Lebea

Bafana Bafana are not bothered by Chile's decision to ban the public from their training sessions ahead of their clash in Polokwane tonight.

The two countries meet in what is expected to be a no-holds-barred international friendly match at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Local media were also barred from attending the sessions by Chile, which can also be interpreted as a clear sign they are in a mean mood for this game.

Chile, who earlier moaned about the outbreak of cholera in Limpopo, landed in Polokwane last night after spending three days in Johannesburg.

At a media briefing yesterday, Joel Santana, the Bafana Bafana coach, said they were ready for La Roja, adding their plan was to keep the winning momentum.

The Brazilian coach said they were in possession of the DVDs of Chile's recent 2010 World Cup South American qualifying matches.

"We have been watching their DVDs, including their game against Argentina. Those DVDs will help us prepare for the game.

"It is going to be a tough encounter playing against the aggressive opponents guided by an experienced Argentinian coach [Marcelo "Madman" Bielsa]."

Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena, Bafana Bafana's captain, said: "We ended 2008 on a high note and are determined to continue where we left off."

Bafana Bafana, ranked 74 in the world, are chasing their sixth consecutive win after triumphing in one Afcon qualifier and four friendlies.

Turning to the 30th ranked Chile, they won four of their last five qualifiers for the World Cup, including beating Argentina 1-0 and Columbia 4-0.

Their big star is chief striker Huberto Andres Suazo, who is one of the top scorers in the qualifiers on four goals, one behind an array of joint leaders.

Bafana Bafana striker in chief Benni McCarthy should partner Bernard Parker upfront. The partnership is expected to give Chilean goalie Claudio Bravo nightmares.

Recalled goalkeeper Calvin Marlin should start ahead of Moeneeb Josephs in this game starting at 8.30pm to accommodate the SABC 1 soapie,Generations.

"We are playing at home and going all out for a win," said McCarthy last night.

Defender Bryce Moon said they were looking forward to winning the game.


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