Angola coach Beto Bianchi gears up for Bafana Bafana challenge in East London


Angola enter the contest in East London with a woeful record as they have lost their previous eight matches, most recently going down to Mozambique in a friendly on Saturday.

Bianchi concedes the Palanca Negras face challenges on multiple fronts as they seek their first win since beating Ethiopia in a CHAN qualifier in January 2016.

"Angola is not respected internationally because they don't really have good results sometimes," said the Brazilian through a translator.

"In the FIFA ranking it is very bad and the federation asked me to try and make the Angolan team become more respected, and there's so many problems within the federation.

"We don't have really star players in this squad like before. Some of them are new and some of them are playing in the Angolan league."

Angola have fared poorly against Bafana in 12 meetings, suffering eight losses and three draws alongside a sole victory in a CHAN qualifier in 2015.

However, Bianchi, who took charge of Angola earlier this year, insists his men are going for an upset.

"With the game we'll see but we are not here as tourists. Yes, it's a beautiful city, but we are going to make sure that we try to achieve the goals," he added.

"We know about Bafana Bafana that is a strong team and they are known all over. But we are starting a new journey and what we wish for is to try and see if we can win."

Bianchi's squad sports few players playing abroad, save for the likes of ex-Manchester United forward Munucho, who now represents Spanish second division side Rayo Valecano, and Lazio defender Bastos.

Kick-off is at 19h00 at a sold-out Buffalo City Stadium.

Bafana's previous only other match in East London ended with a 1-0 defeat to Zimbabwe in July 19, 2003.

Interim coach Owen da Gama will be looking to extend Bafana's record unbeaten run to 17 matches, following on from their latest 3-1 win over Guinea-Bissau in Durban on Saturday.