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By unknown | Mar 24, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Bafana Bafana have pledged to win against Norway in Phokeng on Saturday to present Madiba with a memorable gift in the form of the Nelson Mandela Challenge title.

This is according to captain, Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena.

Saturday's game will be part of the celebrations to reopen the refurbished Royal Bafokeng Stadium ahead of the Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.

Bafana Bafana will also be spotting a new jersey on Saturday unveiled by the South African Football Association and Adidas last Thursday.

"It's an important game for us. Madiba has done great things for us in South Africa and the world, we really admire him a lot," said Mokoena.

"We have to do well and present Madiba with a gift, especially on the day we will also be playing in a new jersey.

"The two games against Norway and Portugal (on March 31 in Switzerland) are important in our preparations for the Confederations Cup.

"Those games will also help us to assess our level of readiness for both the Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup finals."

The camp yesterday resembled a hospital ward, with six players nursing an assortment of injuries, but team manager Sipho Nkumane described them as "minor".

The casualty ward included Nasief Morris (knee knock), Steven Pienaar (lower back pain and a left mild knee sprain), Tsepo Masilela (chronic bilateral groin), Kagisho Dikgacoi (right medial knee sprain), Benni McCarthy (hamstring) and Siphiwe Tshabalala (right ankle sprain).


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