If are anything like us here at MyCityByNight- which is fairly likely considering that you’re busy surfing this page- you would have been missing all of the World Cup GEES and party atmosphere that went along with the biggest sporting spectacle on the planet.
Oh yes, you know what I’m talking about- fan walks, expensive beers, friendly police and huge amounts of fairly liberal mooiness. Well fear not- tonight Cape Town will once again become the host to some footy madness with the USA taking on the likes of Bafana Bafana captained by the sublime Steven Pienaar.
The game at the Cape Town Stadium tonight is completely sold out- which a big middle finger to all the doubters who thought that the local stadiums would become somewhat of an example of “white elephants”- with them not really being used post World Cup.
Pitso- the Bafana coach is treating this game against what seems to be a slightly under strength USA side (notably missing the likes of Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore and Maurice Edu) and will field what he considers to be SA’s strongest team led by the impeccable Stevie P. Let’s hope for some cracking goals and at shibobo or two!
Here is the squad from which Pitso will have to choose the starting 11 from:
Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates),
Siyanda Xulu, (Mamelodi Sundowns) Siboniso Gaxa (Lierse, Belgium) Morgan Gould (SuperSport United), Bevan Fransman (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Keegan Ritchie (Moroka Swallows), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Anele Ngcongca (KRC Genk, Belgium), Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows).
Matthew Pattison (Sundowns), Steven Pienaar (Everton FC, England), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Andile Jali (Orlando Pirates), Daylon Claasen (Lierse, Belgium), Kagiso Dikgacoi (Fulham FC, England)
Kermit Erasmus (SuperSport United), Bernard Parker (FC Twente, Holland), Sthembiso Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Davide Somma (Leeds United, England)
Cape Town Stadium will play host to the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 and the match kicks off at 2130. Gates will open at 18:30 and spectators will be treated to some entertainment which will be announced in due course.
Cost is R50p/p for upper tier | R100p/p for lower tier
Ticket holders are encouraged to use public transport. MyCiTi busses will be running from the Civic Centre bus station on Hertzog Boulevard to the Cape Town Stadium bus station in Western Boulevard and back, free of charge. The first shuttle will leave the Civic Centre at 18:00 and the last returning shuttle leaves the stadium at 00:30. Shuttles will depart every 15 minutes, or when they are full.