Bafana to play Spain in friendly

The international friendly is scheduled to take in Johannesburg in November.

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says it encouraging that the world's best teams are inviting his side to participate in friendlies.

Igesund's comments come after South African Football Association (Safa) confirmed that the team would play a friendly against Spain on 19 November at the FNB Stadium.

Igesund says he is looking forward to the challenge that his young squad will face.

"I think it's great to play against the big teams in the world. It's great motivation for us and for the country to get a measure of where we are. We have a new generation of young players and I think they are going to be excited about this fixture."

Safa president Danny Jordaan confirmed the fixture and says its shows that international teams have great confidence in the national side.

"It is great news to know that Spain will be here, arriving on our shores. I'm sure the South African public will also be delighted to see the best team in the world and its players running into the FNB stadium."

Jordaan also expects to make an announcement within the next month about sponsors for the national team.

Last week, the association lost the sponsorship of both ABSA and apparel brand Puma.

The sport apparel company cut ties with Safa following match fixing allegations made against the association, along with inappropriate responses from within the football organisation, including the suspension of senior officials.

"We have engaged many of the leading brands in this country and I'm convinced that within the next month we'll be making announcements as to who our new partners are. I'm quite encouraged with a positive response from the market place. We'll certainly be making an announcement soon."

Meanwhile, Safa CEO Dennis Mumble has told Eyewitness News Sport Bafana Bafana will play in the Puma kit next month when they take on Spain, despite the technical sponsor parting ways with the association.

Mumble says there isn't enough time to find a replacement.

"There was a transition period from outside of the Puma kit where any new design can take about 12 months from design to production. So the production of the new kit might not be ready for the game against Spain. We are mostly likely still use the Puma kit."