Igesund to rotate players

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says he wants players to show their strength in the game against Poland.

Newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says he might rotate players for the Poland and Kenya matches but will not deviate too much from his style of play.

Bafana will play Poland in Warsaw on Friday evening and then will fly to Nairobi to face Kenya on Tuesday.

Igesund made nine changes from the squad that faced Brazil and Mozambique.

He says he aims to use his players' abilities to attack.

"The game against Poland will be a bit different to the one against Kenya, but the principle of the game will be obviously to attack. I want players to play to their strengths so that they can show me what they are really able to do at that level."

Igesund says he wants his players to play attacking football.

"We want to play 4-3-3 because we to attack. We want to get players into the box and defend well in both games."

Poland are above Bafana in the world rankings and Igesund says he needs his side to start winning against stronger opponents.

"I'm not preparing the team for the 2018 World Cup. I'm picking the team to participate in Afcon in three months time. I need a team that can go out there and possibly win the tournament."

Meanwhile, Bafana defender Bevan Fransman says his previous experience of playing in Poland could be an added benefit to the national team later this week.

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

He says he knows what to expect from Polish players.

At the same time, Igesund says his players will not let the extreme weather conditions them from fighting for an away win.

Kickoff is at 8:45pm.