South Africa out to upset the Samba Boys
South Africa will hope to upset another powerhouse when they host five-time World Champions Brazil in an international friendly at the FNB Stadium-Johannesburg on Wednesday night.
Bafana Bafana went against all the odds last year November when they beat World and European Champions Spain 1-0 at the same venue where they will host the South Americans. The Africans are not going to the World Cup in Brazil this coming June, but they are out to test Filipe Scolari's team credentials to win the globe's ultimate competition on home soil.
South Africa are hit by a blow after goalkeeper and skipper Itumeleng Khune will not be available due to injury, while England-based Kagiso Dikgacoi is also out of the match due to a back injury. Brazil touched down in the country on Monday. Their last visit to the country ended when they were knocked out by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with the star studded squad.
Few of the star players arrived at the OR International Airport with former Bafana Bafana coach Liuz Alberto Perreira are: Oscar (Chelsea), Fernadinho (Manchester City), and Neyamar (FC Barcelona). Perreira has admitted at the press conference on Monday that Brazil is here because they know Bafana Bafana will give them a daunting task to test themselves.
For the African side, this is a chance to start preparing for their matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications after failing to qualify for Brazil. This means they have the 2015 AFCON finals in Morocco as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to set their eyes on.