Bafana Bafana an open book to DR Congo’s Sebastien Desabre

Bafana Bafana an open book to DR Congo’s Sebastien Desabre

DR Congo coach Sebastien Desabre faces a familiar foe in Bafana Bafana counterpart Hugo Broos tomorrow in Abidjan.

The two sides last met in a friendly match five months ago in Johannesburg, a fixture the hosts edged 1-0 at Orlando Stadium.

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Ahead of their third place play-off game at the AFCON, the comments Desabre made about Bafana give the impression they are an open book to the Frenchman.

''We know South Africa, we know Hugo Broos - a team with very good organisation and play with local players, it's important to promote local players. This is a good example,'' said Desabre.

Following what has been the theme at the continental tournament with rival coaches praising Broos for relying on Premier Soccer League player in his squad, Desabre joined the chorus.

''It is a well organised championship, respected in Africa. We're happy to play against a good team that is filled with local players,'' added Desabre.

Desabre would have loved to go all the way in the AFCON, but losing in the semifinals to hosts Cote d’Ivoire has landed them in a play-off for the bronze medal.

But he says the match remains an important one for the country.

''All games are important for all Congolese, and the fans in DR Congo are crazy about their national team. The players know that when they get into the pitch they should give their best - for the fans,'' he concluded. 

The DR Congo coach was asked whether the fact that Bafana played 120 minutes and lost on penalties to Nigeria, while his side were only involved in a 90-minutes affair, would be a benefit.