Bafana to take on Brazil

Safa confirmed that Bafana will take on the Samba Stars on 5 March 2014.

South Africa are still 61st in the world even though the controversial 1-0 win over the world champions Spain has been upheld as a recognised international friendly. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana will take on Brazil in a friendly match at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 5 March, the South African Football Association (Safa) confirmed on Thursday.

The clash will be symbolic as South Africa passes on the World Cup hosting duties to their South American counterparts.

Former Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Pereira will manage the Brazilian side.

SA coach Gordon Igesund says Brazil's willingness to participate in the game shows that Bafana are ranked highly by the world's biggest football nations.

"Everybody wants to be like the Brazilians and play like the Brazilians, and they're coming to play us. For teams like Spain and Brazil to come to our shores and want to play against us means we are worthy opponents. More importantly, it means that the relationship between South Africa and these big footballing nations is very strong."

Gauteng MEC for Sport Lebogang Maile says, "It is a symbolic handover from South Africa 2010 to Brazil 2014. It is also important because next year we celebrate 20 years of our democracy [in South Africa]."