SOUTH Africa coach Gordon Igesund is trying to organise a friendly for his men against a local side before Saturday’s African Nations Championship opener with Mozambique.
“It’s been a difficult period in the last couple of weeks, trying to get a team together and also organise training matches under our belt,” Igesund told KickOff.
“That’s the one and only thing that I’m disappointed about, we haven’t been able to get a match. We tried to get hold of Uganda but they can only get here tomorrow (Thursday).
“We tried to get hold of Morocco but they arrive the day after that. We’ve also been talking to Ghana but they are not here yet.
Earlier in the week Cranes head coach Micho Sredojevic seemed to be bothered that his side had missed out on a golden opportunity of assessing themselves against South Africa.
“The travel plans are being handled by other people and not me. All I can say is that I received a call from Gordon Igesund requesting me for a trial game but that is not possible because the visas might be out on Tuesday,” said Micho.
“That game would have really helped us. I need to confirm the travel arrangements although I heard Thursday”.
Five months ago, Micho spoke about plans of holding a training base in South Africa, two weeks before the CHAN tournament.
However, due to unknown reasons, the Serb has not been able to achieve that. All that Cranes have had is a friendly against Mauritania which offered a glimpse of the side Micho intends to roll out for the first game against Burkina Faso.
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‘We tried to get hold of Uganda'' Igesund