SAFA Looking to Secure Bafana Bafana Prestigious Fixtures Against European Opponents

SAFA Looking to Secure Bafana Bafana Prestigious Fixtures Against European Opponents

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • The South African Football Association is lining up high profile opponents for Bafana Bafana according to reports
  • The prestigious teams are believed to be European nations, with SAFA pencilling in the March international fixtures window for the matches
  • The venues are not confirmed, though South Africa's last trip to Europe was to take on Poland in October 2012

The South Africa Football Association is looking to organise high profile European teams as Bafana Bafana's next opposition.

The fixtures, if successful would be in the March international fixture window. South Africa would have been involved in the home-and-away 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier knockout round if all had gone according to plan.

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South Africa vs Spain in late 2013 at Soccer City, Johannesburg. Image source: Duif du Toit/Getty Images
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However, SAFA president Danny Jordaan told TimesLIVE that negotiations were underway to find tough and glamorous opponents outside the continent.

Jordaan said:

"There are negotiations with a few top European countries, but these are ongoing and at present we are not able to share any details."

It has not been established where these fixtures would take place if confirmed, but South Africa's last foray into Europe was in October 2012, where they took on Poland in Warsaw. Bafana lost that match 1-0, as per KickOff.

Fan responses were not particularly positive to the report.

@Absa_Mahlangu said:

@khanya_nako said:

"They must prove their worth with African teams first. Baby steps. They will be humiliated by the European teams which is not good for their morale boost."

@LaidbackkGent said:

"Malta, Belarus and Macedonia are top countries according to SAFA."

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