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Bafana Bafana coach Igesund says he will use star players in the Africa Cup of Nations even if they are not 100 percent ready

Gordon Igesund says he is prepared to gamble on the fitness of key Bafana Bafana players who are expected to battle against time to be ready for the upcoming finals.

The South Africa coach, under growing pressure as his arrival in the job fails to revive a desolate looking side, says the large injury list of key internationals has played havoc with his planning and will see him prepared to bend the rules.

“We will monitor the situation as time goes by,” said Igesund of the large casualty list that includes Katlego Mphela, Morgan Gould, Daylon Claasen, Tsepo Masilela, Benni McCarthy, Siyabonga Nomvete, Davide Somma and Thulani Serero.

“Thulani Serero is the kind of player we need right now and we’ll have to make a considered call when the time comes. We might take him in the squad even if he is not 100 percent right because a good 60 minutes from Serero might still make a huge difference.''

“Key now is to get all of the injured players into their club sides and playing again,” he added.
Players like Gould and Mphela are not expected to recover in time for the tournament which starts on January 19, but Serero leads a list of the those who might yet make it.''

Igesund insists he can still build a winning side even though there has been little evidence to back up his assertion.

 “To date I’ve had five games with just eight training sessions. We haven’t worked on set pieces, transition play, whether we impose a pressing game on our opponents. We are not yet a team.”

 “All the tactical work we are going to need to do can only be done over a period of time. We’ll have two training sessions a day and we’ll make sure we are ready for the first game.''
“We haven’t done a lot of stuff but we know where we are going and we have to look at this as part of the process