“We don’t need any motivation for this match or for the tournament that begins in a week’s time. The players are all willing to sacrifice everything they have and do well for the country, so we are confident that we will get a positive result,” said Khumalo.
“The match against Algeria is very important to us as it is part of preparations for the AFCON, so we have to go for victory. There were some positives that we took from the clash against Norway and this will help us when we face Cape Verde because we want to go all the way in the tournament,” said midfielder Dean Furman who was rested in the 1-0 loss to Norway.
“We played well against Norway but did not convert our chances so that’s one of the areas we need to fix, but we are ready for AFCON,” said midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane.
SA v Algeria – head to head
27 January 1996
Africa Nations Cup quarter-final
Soccer City, Johannesburg
SA won 2-1
(Bafana: Mark Fish 72′, John “Shoes” Moshoeu 85′; Algeria: Lazizi 84′)
2 February 2000
African Nations Cup finals Group B
Sports Stadium, Kumasi
(Bafana: Bartlett 2′; Algeria: Moussouni 52′)
Rais M’bohli, Azzedine Doukha, Cedric Si Mohamed
Rafik Halliche, Djamel Mesbah, Carl Medjani, Essaid Belkalem, Liassine Cadamuro, Faouzi Ghoulam, Ali Rial
Khaled Lemmouchia, Yacine Bezzaz, Hameur Bouazza, Medhi Lacen, Adlene Guedioura, Foued Kadir, Ryad Boudebouz, Mehdi Mostefa, Sofiane Feghouli, Saad Tedjar
El Arbi Hillel Soudani, Islam Slimani, Mohamed Amine Aoudia
Itumeleng Khune, Wayne Sandilands, Senzo Meyiwa
Siboniso Gaxa, Tsepo Masilela, Bongani Khumalo (C), Siyabonga Sangweni, Anele Ngcongca, Thabo Nthethe, Thabo Matlaba
Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Lerato Chabangu, Oupa Manyisa, Thulani Serero, May Mahlangu, Dean Furman, Thuso Phala
Katlego Mphela, Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie, Lehlohonolo Majoro