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South Africa hoping to spring a surprise against Brazil

Gordon Igesund barks instructions to his players at last year's Africa Nations Cup
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Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is confident that his team have what it takes to upset this year’s World Cup hosts.

South Africa shocked world champions Spain in November last year by beating them 1-0 at the same venue.

"I've got to keep mentioning Spain. We played against the world champions and we dealt with them," Igesund said.

"We want to put up a good performance. We're playing a very good team - the five-time world champions."

"I've got a squad of players which will be our national team moving forward. We're looking to pick up where we left off."

"Everyone is fighting for places. We've got a good idea of who will be playing for Brazil."

"I've got to keep mentioning Spain. We played against the world champions and we dealt with them."

South Africa goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune is out due to sprained ankle, meaning that defender Thabo Nthethe will take the armband.

"Every player is going to be excited about playing Brazil," said the Mamelodi Sundowns centre-back.

"I'm hoping I can do well. The players who are here know how Brazil play. I've done a bit of homework so I know what to expect."

 
 

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