South Africa have announced they will play friendlies against Zimbabwe and the Ivory Coast in November.
Bafana Bafana will play the Elephants – Africa’s top-ranked team – in a highly-anticipated match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on November 12, before travelling to Zimbabwe for the match at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare three days later.
“We are very excited at having two great opponents inside three days. This should give Bafana Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane and the boys an ideal workout and keep them in top condition,” South African Football Association CEO Robin Petersen said on their official website.
“The Zimbabwe encounter should be an interesting game taking into consideration that most players in the Zimbabwe national team ply their trade in the Absa Premiership (South Africa’s Premier Soccer League).”
The last time the two neighbours met was on 27 January 2010 in a World Cup warm match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
South Africa recorded a resounding 3-0 victory over the Zimbabweans on that occasion, with goals from Siphiwe Tshabalala, Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Lucas Thwala.