Igesund won't reveal Afcon plans

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund will try different combinations ahead of Afcon.

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says he does not want to show his hand too early with his African Cup of Nations (Afcon) team.

Bafana are in Cape Town to face Norway on Tuesday ahead of the tournament next week.

Igesund has a fully fit squad while England-based player Dean Furman is set to be rested for the clash.

The coach says the team he field in the friendly may not be the same as the one at Afcon.

"We're playing a friendly game so I want to try different combinations but on the same token we can't show our hand too early. We know the competition will be watching us closely."

He says he wants to keep his cards close to his chest.

"You don't want to give all your plans away so quickly. We need to keep certain things for the tournament."

People can still by tickets at MyCiTi kiosks and municipal offices around the city.

The game kicks off at 8:15pm.

Meanwhile, the Afcon will take place from 19 January to 10 February.

Bafana last won the tournament in 1996.


Cape Town City officials are anticipating a last minute rush to buy tickets for Tuesday night's Bafana Bafana match.

They are expecting a 30,000-strong crowd at Cape Town Stadium.

City spokesperson Anton Groenewald said ticket outlets were expecting a boost in tickets today.

He said their expectation was based on historic purchasing trends with Bafana games, saying between 10,000 and 12,000 tickets were generally sold on the day before and the day of Bafana matches.

After a sluggish start, sales began to pick up yesterday, with between 700 and 800 tickets being processed every hour.

The match is one of two warm-up games the national squad will play before the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) opener in Johannesburg later this month.

Bafana will face Algeria at the weekend.

Groenwald warned motorists about road closures outside the stadium.