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Bafana could pull out of friendly with Nuremberg

By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | 2010-04-19 00:00:00.0 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

BAFANA Bafana hope to secure a friendly against German side Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow, while Thursday's clash with Nuremberg is now hanging in the balance.

BAFANA Bafana hope to secure a friendly against German side Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow, while Thursday's clash with Nuremberg is now hanging in the balance.

Sowetan has learnt that the management are unhappy that Nuremberg, who are involved in a relegation battle in Bundesliga, now want to field their reserve team.

As a replacement for Nuremberg, Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was targeting North Korea, who are having a training camp in Spain to prepare for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The Koreans wanted the match to be played at their camp, but Safa were reportedly scared away by the massive demands by the Asians for the friendly.

Bafana will also most likely play against Russian side Estonia at their camp in Germany on Saturday, depending on the cloud of volcanic ash in the skies in Europe.

Parreira made it clear prior to the team's departure to Germany that he wanted to play three matches against local sides and an international friendly against China on April 28.

Recalled striker Siyabonga "Bhele" Nomvethe said spirits in the camp were high, with all players working tirelessly to be in the final World Cup squad.

"The atmosphere is great here but the training is tough. We are enjoying every moment of it and so far so good in terms of our preparations for the World Cup," said Nomvethe.

Meanwhile, Safa chief executive Leslie Sedibe will arrive in Germany this morning for discussions with the players regarding the World Cup incentives.

Sedibe's sojourn in Europe will also see him meet the England-based trio of captain Aaron Mokoena, Steven Pienaar and Benni McCarthy, who are not in camp in Germany.

Safa deputy president for finance Mandla "Shoes" Mazibuko said the federation was working on the package for Bafana for the World Cup, with the commitment of big business a boost.

With the game against Argentina now off, Bafana will play against Columbia and Denmark at Soccer City on May 27 and June 5.

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