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Bafana to play Brazil in March

South Africa will host Brazil in a friendly international match on March 5 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, the SA Football Association (Safa) announced on Thursday.

“In my opinion, Brazil is one of the greatest teams of all time,” Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said.

“For a team, players and coaches to play against the best teams in the world is something that doesn’t usually happen.”

In October, Brazilian officials announced the fixture would take place and it appeared on Fifa’s international calendar for the new year.

Safa confirmed the fixture a month after Bafana shocked World and European champions Spain with a 1-0 victory in a friendly in Johannesburg on November 19.

It would be the fifth time the two sides would meet since 1996 with Brazil winning the four previous encounters 3-2 in Soweto, 2-1 and 1-0 in Johannesburg, and 1-0 in Sao Paulo last September.

Their last encounter, played in Brazil’s largest city, marked Igesund’s first game in charge of the national team.

– Sapa

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