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Igesund names young squad

Bafana Bafana take on Spain in an international friendly at FNB Stadium on 19 November.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund on Thursday announced the team to take on Spain.

He made few changes to the team, which comprises of mostly young players, to take on world and European champions in the international friendly.

The match will take place on 19 November.

The historic clash will take place at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec near Soweto.

Igesund reiterated that he selected a mixture of youth and experienced players.

The average age of the team is 24.

The coach named nine overseas-based players.

"I am very excited about the squad and I hope the whole country is excited too. The squad you see today is a true reflection of the type of players we are looking at for going forward to the 2015 and 2017 AFCON tournaments in Morocco and Libya respectively, as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia," said Igesund.

"It is always a pleasure and a great thrill for any player to play against the best in the world. There is no doubt in my mind that they are best team in the world. They are the reigning world and European Champions."

Igesund says he expects fans to go out in numbers to buy tickets.

Tickets for this game are already on sale at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers stores countrywide.

Goalkeepers:

Itumeleng Khune, Senzo Meyiwa

Defenders:

Thabo Nthethe, Bongani Khumalo, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Siyanda Xulu, Anele Ngcongca, Tsepo Masilela, Thabo Matlaba

Midfielders:

Dean Furman, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Andile Jali, Daylon Claasen, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Bongani Zungu, Oupa Manyisa, Ayanda Patosi, Lerato Chabangu, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Sibusiso Vilakazi

Strikers:

Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie, Kermit Erasmus