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Gordon Igesund will want to try out various combinations as well as important tactics when South Africa face Algeria tonight, but is wary about showing all of his sides' cards

South Africa kick-off against Algeria tonight with the knowledge that they are facing a team which has been a dominant force in recent times and which plays a similar brand of football to their North African rivals Morocco.

Gordon Igesund has recognised how vital tonight's clash will be for his side, as Bafana Bafana not only seek motivation and morale, but will also look to employ important tactics to battle the talented Algerian outfit.

"This is an important game. We want to finish off the preparations with a good result. That will motivate the players and the nation as a whole," Igesund told reporters.

"We know they play more or less the same game like Morocco, and this will help us see where we are as far as preparing for the tournament. 

“We now know how we want to play and we have to see some of those tactics at work tonight."

However, the national team coach is still not keen to show all of South Africa's cards with only a week to go before the Africa Cup of Nations begins.

“We cannot show exactly how we are going to be playing when other teams are doing the same thing and not giving away much in terms of how they will be playing during the tournament.

“I have been watching a lot of the games and I have noticed that some teams are not even playing their strongest teams all the time and are actually losing and even drawing games.

“We cannot show our cards at this stage. It is unfortunate but we know what we have been doing at training and that is how we will play,” he concluded.