Rama upbeat ahead of Guinea-Bissau

“We are enjoying the training sessions,” says Kaizer Chiefs’ Ramahlwe ‘Rama’ Mphahlele about the Bafana Bafana camp. “We have a few new guys, but most are seasoned campaigners. It’s always good to have new faces to infuse energy in the team.”

The South African national team will face Guinea-Bissau and Angola in friendly matches, respectively on Saturday, 25 April, and Tuesday, 28 April.

“The friendlies are an opportunity to test tactical elements in preparation for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers,” comments Rama. “However, there are no friendly matches for professional athletes. We take every game seriously. And, don’t forget there’s a national flag involved.”

On this week’s camp, Mphahlele adds: “The training sessions have prepared us to be ready. We also played a friendly against Golden Arrows in which we all got a run.”

“We have new blood in the squad,” says Rama. “It is good to see Lorenzo Gordinho, Percy Tau, Phakamani Mahlambi and others coming up the ranks. They will help us going forward.

“Meanwhile, working with coach Owen da Gama is a continuation. He has been around the national team as an assistant. It’s therefore easy to understand what he expects from us.”

Guinea-Bissau will be no pushovers, as they qualified for the recently held Africa Cup of Nations. “They have a strong side,” the Chiefs defender concludes. “We will endeavour to keep the ball, play to our strength to unlock them and cause them problems.”

Djurtus, as the Guinea-Bissau national team is affectionately known, are currently in 80th place on the Fifa rankings, while Bafana Bafana are ranked 62.

Match Details
Date: Saturday, 25 March 2017
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Time: 15:00 (kick-off)
Tickets: R80 | Available at Computicket
Parking: R20 |