Bafana Bafana's Kagisho Dikgacoi
Bafana Bafana's Kagisho Dikgacoi

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Bafana Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi can't wit to face Ghana's Black Stars in an international friendly at Free State Stadium tomorrow night.

"It has always been a great venue for me, that's where I made a name for myself in soccer," said Dikgacoi, who used to play for Bloemfontein Young Tigers.

"The last time we [Bafana Bafana] played in Bloemfontein late last year, we won the Cosafa Cup after defeating Zambia.

"It's also good that the game against Ghana is coming at a time when we are on the comeback trail following the two victories against Malawi and Equatorial Guinea.

"Ghana are still on cloud nine after winning 3-0 over Lesotho to qualify for the 2010 World Cup final round and Africa Cup of Nations finals.

"We cannot afford to disappoint South Africans after raising their hopes with the two victories; the plan is keep the winning momentum," he said.

"It is also important for us to be consistent by getting positive results to better our rankings in the build-up to the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup."

Joel Santana, Bafana's Brazilian coach who failed to guide the team to the Afcon in Angola, has retained the team that defeated Equatorial Guinea 1-0 on Saturday.

Milovan Rajevac, Ghana's coach, has included big names like Sulley Muntari, Junior Agogo, Richard Kingson and Stephen Appiah in his team that is landing in South Africa today.

South African-based Jonathan Quartey, who is doing duty for Kaizer Chiefs, is also in the team, which is minus the injured Michael Essien.

Yaw La-Danso Addo, a member of the Ghana Football Association's board, said they were using the game as part of their preparations for the World Cup and Afcon.

Sipho Nkumane, Bafana Bafana's manager, said they had recovered from the traumatic and rude reception they received in Equatorial Guinea's capital Malabo.

The dirty tricks applied by their hosts included switching off an air conditioner in their dressing-rooms.

Nkumane says loud music was suddenly played when ANC president Jacob Zuma was addressing Bafana Bafana players prior to the match.

Black Stars squad:

Goalkeepers - Richard Kingson, George Owu, William Amamoo

Defenders - John Paintsil, Harrison Afful, Samuel Inkoom, John Boye, David Addy, John Mensah, Eric Eddo, Jonathan Quartey

Midfielders - Daniel Yeboah, Sulley Muntari, Anthony Annan, Haminu Dramani, Moussa Narry, Stephen Appiah, Agyeman Badu

Strikers - Junior Agogo, Matthew Amoah, Yaw Antwi, Eric Bekoe and Prince Tagoe.