Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund excited about Morocco friendly

Bafana Bafana will meet Morocco in the city of Agadir on October the 11th - a fixture which Gordon Igesund believes to be perfect preparation for Chan 2014 and Afcon 2015
South Africa's invitation to play Morocco at the Agadir New Stadium in Agadir City has excited coach Gordon Igesund, as he feels that the side will benefit from playing in the country which will host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.

Bafana Bafana and Morocco last met during Afcon 2013, during a thrilling group stage match which ended 2-2,  knocking Morocco out of the tournament in the process.

Morocco is set to host Afcon 2015 and Bafana Bafana will be the first team to play at the Agadir New Stadium, with the friendly being a part of the stadium's opening celebrations.

Gordon Igesund has expressed his excitement about the match, considering it to be excellent preparation for the continental tournament and the upcoming Chantournament hosted in South Africa.

“We go there with a two-pronged approach - to see conditions in Morocco as they are the next Afcon hosts and also to start preparations for the qualifiers of that tournament," Igesund told Safa's official website.

"There are only two Fifa calendar dates between the Chan tournament and the September qualifiers in 2014, so it is important to take advantage of this invitation and also have a feel of how things are like in Morocco.

"We would also take this opportunity to include some of the players who will feature in the Chan tournament to strike a balance.”

South Africa will be desperate to organise more friendlies of this nature, as the team's inability to qualify for the 2014 World Cup means they can only play on the two official Fifa dates in 2014, in March and September next year.

Contractual obligations have stated that Morocco and South Africa play their strongest teams on October 11, but Igesund will likely blood younger players with the future of the side in mind.