Igesund to hold three day camp after which he will make his 23-man 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad selectionSouth Africa will resume their Nations Cup preparations with a training camp in Johannesburg on Thursday.
A total of 32 players will gather after the Christmas celebrations for the three day camp at the Rand Stadium after which coach Gordon Igesund will decide on his final squad.
In effect, squad members have got just three days to show him what they are capable of.
They will play two matches per day over the three days to allow Igesund to run his eye over players who are returning from injury or new to the set-up.
“(Ayanda) Patosi, (Thulani) Serero, Katlego Mphela and others must show me in these three days that they can perform at the Nations Cup,” Igesund said after his home-based side beat Malawi 3-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.
Igesund plans mini matches to look at all the players during the three days of workouts at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg and then says he will “have to make some tough decisions”.
“I need to have my 23 selected by the end of the year so that when we reconvene in Cape Town on January 2 we can begin the serious work. It is important that we mould the team into a unit and I have to do in 18 days what would ordinarily take four to five months to do,” Igesund added.
“I believe in my ability to do it and I’m not swaying on my principle,” he said in response to a question about whether he should not delay his final selection until the Confederation of African Football deadline of January 9.
“I’ve got to select the team and go for it. I might make a mistake and we might find out about it afterwards but I must make a decision.”