7 October 2020 – Star striker Percy Tau and Lyle Foster reported for national team on Tuesday, bringing a full complement of players to coach Molefi Ntseki’s Bafana Bafana squad that is currently preparing for two international friendlies against Namibia and Zambia.
The Senior Men’s National team play neighbors Namibia on Thursday, 8 October at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg and entertain Zambia at the same venue, three days later also in Rustenburg’s imposing cauldron.
The pair arrived in the early hours on Tuesday morning after a whirlwind journey from their respective bases in Belgium and Portugal. Coach Ntseki said the two will be involved in the training later on Tuesday as Bafana Bafana wrap up their preparations for Namibia.
“It is always wonderful to come home and be with my brothers to represent the country.
This was a long trip with all the COVID-19 regulations in Belgium because we are currently in winter. However, I am glad to finally be here. I am ready to serve my nation as usual,’’ said Tau.
Head Coach Molefi Ntseki emphasized the importance of the two friendly matches against Namibia and Zambia and explained the decision to play our COSAFA counterparts earlier in the team press conference at the match venue.
“Our 2021 AFCON qualifiers next month are against a team which play similar to both Namibia and Zambia. This is the reason we have decided to play these two countries. Namibia gave us a very good run in our last match and we will be using this match to improve on our performance against them,” said Ntseki.
‘’Sao Tome plays a lot like the two teams (Namibia and Zambia) with most of their players playing in Portugal; they have a very modern understanding of the game,” added Ntseki.
“Our tactical approach tomorrow will be attack and attack but at the same time make sure we keep the ball. If we can get this right, we will have done half the work ahead of our weekend match against Zambia and we will be on the right track with our preparations for Sao Tome,” added Ntseki.
The match between Bafana Bafana and Namibia will kick off at 18h00.