9 October 2015

Bafana Bafana will host Angola at Rand Stadium in their first leg 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Saturday, 17 October (3pm).

Tickets for this fixture cost R40 and are available at all Computicket outlets around the country.

This is the last hurdle for coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba’s charges in the qualifying stages for the tournament that will be staged in Rwanda next year and the second time ever that Bafana have played at the 13,500 seating Rand Stadium, which is managed by Stadium Management SA, and is regarded as one of the best playing surfaces in the country.

Bafana played a 0-0 draw with Mauritius there in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture on 10 April 1993 – where midfield maestro and late Bafana assistant coach, Thomas Madigage, made his debut in when he came on as a second half substitute for Doctor Khumalo. Current Kaizer Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela, was national captain on a gloomy day marked by the passing of late struggle icon, Chris Hani, earlier that morning.

Another late great, midfielder John “Shoes” Moshoeu, also in the encounter winning his fourth national cap after having made his long awaited international debut earlier that year.

Bafana secured their passage through to the final round stages with a convincing 5-0 aggregate margin in the previous round – including the resounding 3-0 victory at Dobsonville Stadium in July. The South Africans are currently on a whirlwind trip in central America where they beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday, 9 October.  They will play Honduras next Tuesday (13 October) before returning back to the country to prepare for their CHAN fixture against a potentially dangerous Angolan outfit.

However, Bafana will carry some confidence against their opponents after having beaten the Palancas Negras 2-1 in a friendly international earlier this year but will aim for a bigger winning margin at Rand Stadium to take as an advantage heading to the return leg fixture away in a fortnight’s time.

Bafana, now ranked 73rd in the latest Fifa world rankings, are set to name their squad for CHAN, a competition that is only eligible to players campaigning in domestic leagues.