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South Africa travel to Poland and Kenya for friendly internationals

Locally-based Bafana Bafana players will assemble on Sunday night in preparation for their international friendlies in Poland and Kenya over the following 10 days.

Gordon Igesund will have the players together at the team hotel on the Monday, before they fly out that evening to Warsaw via Zurich.

The side will leave at around 19h30 South African time and will arrive in Poland at 14h30 on Tuesday ahead of the game on Friday.

The overseas-based players will travel from their bases, which include Sweden, Slovakia and England and meet the side in Warsaw for a first training session on Tuesday evening.

The game will be at the 58 500-seater National Stadium and has a kick-off of 20h45 (South African time).

It will be the second time that Bafana have met Poland, a Terror Fanteni goal was enough to separate the sides in a friendly international in South Africa in June 2009.

The side will depart Poland on Saturday morning and fly to Nairobi via Amsterdam for their meeting with Kenya at the Nyayo Stadium on October 16.

The selection of venue is a controversial one, the 30 000-seater venue has been the scene of several violent incidents over the last year in the Kenya premier league.

Teargas has been used by cops to deal with spectator hooliganism during this year and television broadcasts were stopped from the venue because of a persistent threat of violence from menacing fans.

The stadium has twice been the scene of deadly tragedy in the last seven years. FIFA closed it for six months in 2005 when a teenage fan died after a crush developed ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Morocco.

But despite a government investigation and promises from politicians of better control, there was an even worse tragedy two years ago when five spectators died in similar circumstances ahead of a local derby match.