Mokaba opens doors to Chile

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

International soccer returns to Limpopo with Peter Mokaba Stadium hosting a game between Bafana Bafana and Chile on February 11 next year.

This will be the first official international friendly game for Bafana in the year in which they contest for the Confederations Cup.

Their next will be against Norway at the revamped Royal Bafokeng Stadium on March 28

Sipho Nkumane, Bafana manager, said they were impressed with the facilities at Peter Mokaba. The stadium will serve as a training venue during the World Cup.

"It's good we are going back to Polokwane, we last played there in 2003 against Ivory Coast.

"We are also in discussion with the government of the Northern Cape to bring the team to Kimberley before the Confederations Cup.

"We have asked them to ensure that the floodlights are in running order because most of our games are at night."

Nkumane inspected the Peter Mokaba Stadium and hotel facilities in Polokwane on October 26.

"I was happy with what I saw, facility is a great improvement from the time we played against Ivory Coast.

"I even told the representatives of the municipality that whoever is looking after the pitch is doing a wonderful job, it's one of the best I've ever seen."

Nkumane also took a short trip to Seshego township to inspect the stadium earmarked as a training venue for the game.

"Seshego Stadium is also incredible," he said.

"I can safely say Bafana Bafana are looking forward to the trip to Limpopo for their date with the Elephants.