Bumper November for SA fans


South African football fans are in for a bumper 10-day treat in November, during which they will witness three Bafana Bafana games, the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers draw and a Soweto Derby.

The action starts on November 17 when Bafana host the USA in the Mandela Challenge at Ellis Park, followed by an international friendly against Canada at the Absa Stadium in Durban on November 20.

Local players are then set to be the order of the day when South Africa meet Lesotho in Germiston a week later on November 27 in another friendly.

Sandwiched in between all that will be the first League Soweto Derby of the season when Orlando Pirates take on Kaizer Chiefs at the Absa Stadium in Durban on November 24, with both teams desperate for morale-boosting wins after poor seasons to date.

The match was moved to the coastal city to coincide with the first major showpiece of the 2010 World Cup, the all-important draw that will determine the qualifying groups in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America for the event.

As many as 3000 dignitaries from around the world are expected to descend on KwaZulu-Natal for the draw, which will be held on November 25 at the Durban International Convention Centre.

And just a week after that, on December 1, will be the Telkom Knockout Cup Final at a venue still to be decided.