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Pitso knows the task ahead

Pitso knows the task ahead

Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane confirmed to journalists today that his side are in for a jolt when they touch down in Freetown next week for a crucial 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone.  (Photo: Coach Pitso Mosimane)

“We are in control of Group G following first round results, thanks to the 2-0 win over Niger in their opener while Egypt and the Leone Stars played to a draw in their fixture.

However, we are not frightened by our visit to Sierra Leone considering our last result in Freetown in 2008, where Joel Santana’s Bafana Bafana were beaten by one goal to nil.  Back then I was assistant coach so I know exactly what we are going to face” he pointed out.

“The people there are hospitable, but the same cannot be said about the conditions there,” he told journalists.

The man known as ‘Jingles’ explained that the trip to the venue, the National Stadium, poses a number of logistical challenges.

“It takes almost a day and half to reach our destination,” he said.

“This includes an eight-hour flight and 30 minutes of travelling in the boat ferrying passengers across the river to the venue where the game will be played.

“We’ve heard disturbing stories about travelling in the boat in the past, which I wouldn’t like to disclose.

“Travelling at night would be tantamount to suicide.”We are working on possibly getting a special boat,” he added.

The likes of Itumeleng Khune, Tsepo Masilela, Aaron Mokoena, Bongani Khumalo, Steven Pienaar, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Macbeth Sibaya, Teko Modise and Surprise Moriri all featured in the defeat two years ago and this experience should boost Bafana’s chances of pulling off a positive result.

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