Polish players are tough - Fransman

Bafana defender Bevan Fransman has warned that Polish players are physical and fast.

Bafana Bafana defender Bevan Fransman has warned that Polish players are physical and fast.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana defender Bevan Fransman on Wednesday said his previous experience of playing in Poland could be an added benefit to the national team later this week.

Bafana faces Poland on Friday in an international friendly in Warsaw.

Fransman played in Warsaw with Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv before joining SuperSport United.

He said he knew what to expect from Polish players.

"Last year, I played in Poland against Legia Warsaw. It was a tough game and it was freezing. However, it was a good experience for me. Their passing technique was fast and they are definitely physical."

Fransman said he encountered tough opponents from the Polish side.

"I'm sure one or two players are in the national team at the moment and they have quality players."

Meanwhile, Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said his players will not let the extreme weather conditions keep them from fighting for an away win.

South Africa has a poor away record, but Igesund is confident.

"We know we're going to play on a decent pitch. The conditions will be obviously cold but that's good. It's always nice to play under those conditions so it's going to be a great test for us."

Poland is 54 in the world, 22 places above Bafana on the FIFA rankings.