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South Africa coach Igesund says he holds a lot of respect for Kenya and is looking forward to a thrilling game at the Nyayo Stadium on Tuesday night

South Africa head coach Gordon Igesund has described the friendly match against Kenya’s Harambee Stars as key, saying it will help his side in their preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Speaking at Moi Kasarani on Sunday, after taking his players through their paces, the Bafana Bafana head coach said that he is looking forward to a thrilling game.

"We are treating Tuesday's match with utmost respect. The match means a lot to us. It falls within the Fifa calendar and we are also using it to build our side. The Cup of Nations is not far away and we have to prepare properly."

Igesund also said that he holds a deep respect for Kenya, who boast some big names in the sport.

"Kenya has very gifted players and this tells you about their quality. The last time we met we won 2-0 and this does not mean they are a weak team. With a new coach (Henri Michel), I know a lot of things may have changed.’’

South Africa suffered 0-1 defeat to Poland on Friday in Warsaw. Igesund believes it was good exposure for the squad.

"Every match you play you learn something new and you rectify your mistakes. In Poland we learnt vital lessons and on Tuesday we will learn something from Kenya.’’

The visitors are expected to shift the training camp to the match venue (Nyayo stadium) on Monday evening.

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