poland litmus test

Masilo Modubi of South Africa and Jan Gunnar Solli of Norway.

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Masilo Modubi of South Africa and Jan Gunnar Solli of Norway. ©Chris Ricco/Backpagepix.

BAFANA Bafana coach Joel Santana will use their match against Poland on Saturday to show South Africans that they are ready for the Confederations Cup.

BAFANA Bafana coach Joel Santana will use their match against Poland on Saturday to show South Africans that they are ready for the Confederations Cup.

The international match is scheduled for the refurbished Orlando Stadium at 3pm and will be the first time Bafana Bafana will play in Soweto.

Poland will meet Iraq - Bafana Bafana's opponents in the opening Confederations Cup game at Ellis Park Stadium on June 14 - in Cape Town on June 9.

Bafana Bafana are fresh from a 2-0 win over Mauritius in a warm-up match at Germiston Stadium on Saturday, with Santana rightly refusing to read too much into it.

Veteran campaigner Benson Mhlongo and Lance Davids scored the two goals against the Indian Ocean islanders who, as expected, did not trouble the South Africans.

"We should have won the game by a bigger margin, but I'm happy with our preparations. Winning helps build morale," said Santana.

The Brazilian coach, who is now using English in his interviews despite being assigned a translator, predicted a tough match against Poland, but was quick to point out that they wanted to keep their winning rhythm.

Santana will have a full compliment of players tomorrow with the remainder of the overseas legion expected in the country.

Defensive midfielder Masilo Modubi is also back in action after being troubled by a hamstring injury last week. He started training with the team on Friday.

"The injury has healed and I'm ready for the Confederations Cup, which is a great platform for us to show we are ready for the 2010 World Cup," said Modubi.

The remainder of the overseas-based players are Steven Pienaar, Bernard Parker, Thembinkosi Fanteni, Tsepo Masilela, Siyabonga Nkosi, Macbeth Sibaya, Nasief Morris and Bryce Moon.

Santana will name his final squad for the Confederations Cup on Thursday.

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