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  • 16 October 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi
  • Referee: O. Mbaga

Igesund will ring the changes

Igesund will ring the changes

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Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is expected to use his full squad against Kenya

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is expected to make a number of changes to his side for the friendly international against Kenya on Tuesday night.

Igesund has already stated upon his arrival in Kenya that he will be taking the match seriously, but is likely to give his full squad a run after the loss to Poland in Warsaw on Friday night.

After this match the coach will be drawing up his likely squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil starting next January, so for some players this represents a final chance to catch his eye.

"Obviously I've got to change the team against Kenya because I want to see players. This is the most important thing and I keep emphasising this," the coach says.

Sweden-based Tokelo Rantie should start up front, while May Mahlangu is in line for some game-time we well.

Delron Buckley could be given his first international in four years in the place of Siphiwe Tshabalala, who had his best performance in a national team jersey for some time against the Poles, but still drew criticism from fans.

Thabo Nthethe will be a leading contender to take over at right-back from Luvhengo Mungomeni, but Ricardo Nunes should keep his place on the left as Igesund takes another look at him.

Nunes looked good going forward on his debut against Poland, but battled on defence, an area of his game that clearly needs work.

Teko Modise may be preferred to youngster Sifiso Myeni, who had little impact against the Poles.

Although this game is a friendly, another defeat would leave Igesund with three losses from four during his reign and perhaps just start the waves of discontent from the notoriously fickle Bafana fan base.

It is the first time that South Africa have played in Kenya, but the third meeting between the teams overall. South Africa have two wins and a draw to date.

With the hosts also going through something of a transition with new coach Henri Michel in place, there is likely to be plenty of experimentation on show.

“They have a new and experienced coach who knows quite a bit about SA football. Naturally their players will be out to impress him. Again I expect it to be another tough game for us,” Igesund said.

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