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Igesund pleased with CHAN recognition

Bafana Bafana will kick off their African Nations Championship campaign against Mozambique on Saturday.

Bafana Bafana kick off their African Nations Championship campaign against Mozambique on Saturday. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is happy that FIFA has decided to classify the African Nations Championship as an A-list tournament, stating that this status will help the team achieve their goals.

"There were negotiations between CAF and FIFA, and they wanted to get this tournament recognised as 'A' matches. I'm very pleased that it has happened. This will help us with our plan of being in the top eight of the African rankings by February."

Speaking at a training session in Pinelands on Thursday, Igesund said that while his team's preparation for the tournament has been far from perfect, they are looking to overcome all the obstacles to perform to the best of their ability.

"Our preparation hasn't been ideal, but we'll overcome that. We had a friendly match against Milano which I used to integrate the new players, and to help them understand our system and the style of football that we play. The exercise was very good in getting all the players to play together. As I say, we'll overcome the obstacles in our way."

Igesund added that his team's well-documented problems in front of goal are a thing of the past if recent statistics are anything to go by.

"We've played 26 games, and we've scored 39 goals in those games. If you look at the stats, goal scoring is not a problem anymore. 39 goals in 26 games, any coach in the world would take that."