South Africa friendly

According to Guillermo Tofoni who is in charge of organizing friendlies for the national team, Argentina will play against South Africa in May.

A date has not been set but the game will likely take place on either the 29th or 30th of May.

The game will be played in the stadium inside Argentina’s training facilities in Pretoria.

Argentina jugará con Sudáfrica en

EFE

Aunque el DT no quería, Argentina jugará dos amistosos más

BUENOS AIRES — El seleccionado argentino de fútbol tiene previsto jugar a fines de mayo su último amistoso previo a la Copa del Mundo ante Sudáfrica en la ciudad de Pretoria, confirmó este martes Guillermo Tofoni, agente encargado de gestionar los partidos del equipo de Diego Maradona.

De esta manera, Argentina tendrá un nuevo compromiso antes del debut en el Mundial, mientras falta definir la fecha de realización, que puede ser 29 ó 30 de mayo.

Este encuentro se desarrollará en medio de la puesta a punto del equipo argentino antes de la competencia oficial y servirá para que Maradona pruebe la alineación titular que enfrentará a los nigerianos el sábado 12 de junio, por la primera fecha del Grupo B.

En primera instancia estaba previsto que el cotejo se jugara en Johanesburgo, pero la FIFA prohibe la realización de partidos en las canchas de las sedes mundialistas quince días antes del inicio de la Copa.

Así, el juego se desarrollará en la concentración argentina en la Universidad de Pretoria.

Antes de este encuentro, el seleccionado albiceleste jugará ante Canadá el 24 de mayo en el Estadio Monumental, donde se despedirá del público antes de partir hacia Sudáfrica, en el marco de los festejos del Bicentenario.

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4 Responses to South Africa friendly

  1. Chris says:

    im not liking this idea at all.
    if they play the guys that are actually going TO the WC, im concerned about this. i think its a bad idea, two weeks before the WC starts? I dont knw about this.

    but then again, maybe its a good thing, maybe he’ll try zanetti and zaba 🙂 (dont get my hopes up right?)

    yeah, but im not really liking this idea.

    Ron, do you know what date is the final date Diego needs to give the list ???

  2. pintadoazulblanco says:

    I agree, very bad idea.

    What’s the point of playing a friendly so close to the start of the world cup?

    Argentina has alot to lose and nothing to gain by playing in this friendly.

    May 11th is the deadline for the preliminary list of 30 players.

    June 1st is the deadline for the final WC squad list.

  3. River Fan says:

    Every team plays friendlies in the run up to the WC, why do people oppose it. Four years ago we played angola and beat them 2-0. We need some matches to get continuity, not all of it can be done in training

  4. pintadoazulblanco says:

    I oppose it because of the potential risk for injuries right before the start of the world cup.

    What if Messi or Higuain or Mascherano get injured playing against South Africa?

    That’s not a risk worth taking.

    As far as continuity, if Argentina is not ready two weeks before the world cup, a meaningless friendly will not change that.

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