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Igesund: We’ll be tough on Spain

The Bafana Bafana coach says his team will treat Tuesday’s clash as a cup final.

FILE: Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says his team will treat Tuesday’s clash as a cup final. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana will approach its friendly match against Spain like a cup final, South Africa Coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday.

The two teams will meet at FNB Stadium for a 9pm kickoff on Tuesday.

The venue holds special memories for the Spanish.

It was the scene of their maiden FIFA World Cup win in 2010.

Speaking ahead of his first meeting with the world and European champions, Igesund says he expects his team to challenge their European rivals.

"I want to just go out there and be competitive and I want the guys to go out there and play well. I want the guys to play the type of football we have introduced over the last 15 months - trying to keep possession where we can, creating opportunities and trying to score some goals. We will be competitive. It will be a tough game for them and a tough game for us."

Captain and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says the chance to play Spain is a dream come true.

This will be the third meeting between the two sides since the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.

Khune admits the chance to take on Spain is an honour.

"It's a dream come true for any player in the country to face the world champions. It's such a great honour for me as an individual to face them for the third time and it's also good for the team.

The last meeting between the two sides saw Bafana run Spain close in the 3rd/4th playoff at the 2009 Confederations Cup.

The game went to extra time with Xabi Alonso scoring a goal.

The Madrid midfielder is in doubt for Tuesday's clash.

Bafana is expected to field three strikers in an attempt to bring the game to the Spanish.