–Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund, says he is confident that his side will do well against a confident Zambia in the semi-finals of the COSAFA Cup.
The two long-time rivals, Zambia and South Africa, will battle it out this evening at 20:00 hours at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola.
ZANIS Sports Reports that Igesund told kickoff.com that he believes his charges are going in this tough encounter as underdogs, but added that they should not be discounted.
He said, “There is no doubt that Zambia has a strong team,” but that his side has prepared well for this encounter.
Igesund stated that he has come up with a deferent game plan that will see his side go through to the finals after studying Zambia dominating the Mambas of Mozambique.
And Igesund said his charges will not be intimidated by the huge influx of Zambian fans at today’s semi final clash, adding that the development is likely to just put more pressure on Zambia as their expectations to win will be high.
“It is always good to have a huge support, but then again that may also put pressure on you as expectations are high for you to win,” said Igesund.
The Bafana Bafana will be without key striker, Edward Manqele, who failed to recover from an ankle injury he suffered in their 2-1 victory over Namibia on Saturday.
Forward, Lerato Chabangu, who is monitored by the medical team, will face a fitness test at the squad’s final training session at the match venue tonight.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe and Lesotho will contest the other semi-final encounter at the same venue starting at 17:00 hours.