SA soccer legends take on German counterparts

STUNNER: Former Bafana Bafana striker Phil 'Chippa' Masinga
STUNNER: Former Bafana Bafana striker Phil 'Chippa' Masinga

South African football legends, the Class of 1996, will turn back the hands of time when they face their counterparts from Germany in a special match to honour the late Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thomas Madigage who passed away in a car accident last month.

The clash will take place on Saturday, 10 November 2012 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Kickoff is at 17h00.

The match is an initiative that stems from the German Football Federation (DFB) and the South African Football Association (SAFA) relationship, and the event is likely to be an annual occurrence.

Both sides will play in their national team colours and while there will be no award on offer, Safa said in a statement, the match is likely to live up to its top billing.

"It will be a case of Bafana Bafana of old returning to the field as a unit for the first time after 16 years in which the Clive Barker-coached side stunned the whole world by lifting the continental silverware."

A big contingent of the squad that won the 1996 AFCON have confirmed their participation in this historic match.

They are goalkeeper John Tlale, defenders Mark “Feeesh” Fish, Edward “Magents” Motale, David “Going Up” Nyathi, Neil “Mokoko” Tovey and Andrew Tucker.

Zane “Koloi Ya Bakgatla” Moosa will be pulling the strings in midfield alongside strongman Linda “Mercedes Benz” Buthelezi and Dumisani “Isphithiphithi” Ngobe.

Phil “Chippa” Masinga and Daniel “Mambush” Mudau are set to revive their striking partnership from their days at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Tovey and Lucas “Rhoo” Radebe will marshal the defence.

The team will be coached by Barker and will be assisted by the legendary Nelson ‘Teenage’ Dladla.

The technical staff will include Glyn Binkin (Team Manager), Dr. Victor Ramathesele (Team Doctor) and Yusef Kodisang (Kit Manager)

The Germans squad will bring along 15 players for this clash and will also take time out to visit some parts of the country on a sight-seeing mission.

Some of the German players who have won the World Cup and others who have lifted the European Championship are part of the impressive entourage for this tournament.

They will be coached by Erick Rutemoller – a former assistant coach of the German National Team, former German U20 National Coach and has also coached Bundesliga teams FC Koln and Hansa Rostock. He is also a former Coach Instructor at the German FA.

Each half will comprise 35 minutes.

Tickets are on sale for R40 and are available at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Shoprite/Checkers outlets countrywide.

The clash will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Kaizer Chiefs /Supersport United Absa Premiership encounter meaning the R40 package will enable fans to watch the two mouth-watering matches.

The South Africans will arrive in Polokwane on Friday, 9 November and are scheduled to have a light training session at 17h00 at Seshego Stadium.

Both teams are expected to hold coaching clinics on Saturday (10 November) starting at 10h00.

Full Squads:

South African Legends:

Goalkeepers: John Tlale, Mark Anderson                                                                               

Defenders:  Mark Fish, Edward Motale, David Nyathi, Neil Tovey (C), LucasRadebe

Midfielders: Andrew Tucker, Linda Buthelezi, Helman Mkhalele, Zane Moosa, Dumisani Ngobe

Strikers:  Phil Masinga, Daniel Mudau, Fanie Madida

Coach: Clive Barker;
Assistant Coach: Teenage Dladla

German Legends:

Dieter Burdenski: 12 senior caps, played in the Argentina 1978 FIFA World Cup;
Olaf Marschall: 13; played in the France 1998 FIFA World Cup
Thomas Doll: 18; played in the 1992 European Championship in Sweden
Jorg Heinrich: 37; played in the France 1998 FIFA World Cup
Matthias Herget: 39; played in the Mexico 1986 FIFA World Cup
Dieter Eilts: 31; gold medal winner of the England 1996 European Championship
Marko Rehmer: 35; played in the Japan/South Korea 2002 FIFA World Cup
Oliver Reck: 1; gold medal winner of the England 1996 European Championship
Hans-Jurgen Dorner: 100; Gold medal winner at the 1976 Olympic Games
Tobias Rau: 7; 152 Bundesliga appearances
Roy Prager: 1; 173 Bundesliga appearances
Michael Schultz: 7; played in the Sweden 1992 European Champion
Martin Max: 1; 298 Bundesliga appearances
Lars Unger: 11 U21 Caps; played in the Sweden 1992 European Championship
Gert Engels: Several U21 National Team appearances; current head coach of Mozambique
Coach: Erich Rutemoller