Canadians jet in tomorrow with 17 players

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This will be Canada’s senior team’s 10th and final match of the year.

“We know that South Africa will be a strong opponent as they build towards hosting the 2010 World Cup,” says head coach Dale Mitchell.

“For us it is an opportunity to test ourselves against a different style of play, but in conditions we face regularly in CONCACAF. 2007 has been a positive year for the Canadian men’s national team and we would like to continue to build momentum towards the World Cup qualifying process that begins in 2008.”

Not only will this be Canada’s first-ever match against South Africa, it will also be Canada’s first trip to the African continent in four and a half years. Canada defeated Libya 4-2 back on 12 February 2003 in Tripoli, Libya.

Canada’s men’s senior team is currently ranked third amongst all CONCACAF countries in the September 2007 Fifa/Coca-Cola World Rankings.

The squad is:

Goalkeeper: Lars Hirschfeld (Rosenborg, Norway)

Defenders: Mike Klukowski (Club Brugge, Belgium), André Hainault (FK SIAD, Czechoslovakia), Kevin McKenna (FC Köln, Germany), Richard Hastings (Inverness CT, Canada), Atiba Hutchinson (FC Copenhagen, Denmark), Josh Simpson (FC Kaiserslautern, Germany)

Midfielders: Julian de Guzman (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain), Paul Stalteri (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Marcel de Jong (Roda, Netherlands), Olivier Occean (Lillestrøm SK, Norway), Issey Nakajima-Farran (FC Nordsjælland, Denmark), Kenny Stamatopoulos (Toronto FC, Canada), Patrice Bernier (FC Kaiserslautern, Germany)

Forwards: Tomasz Radzinski (Skoda Xanthi, Greece), Will Johnson (De Graafschap, Netherlands), Iain Hume (Leicester City, England)

Head Coach: Dale Mitchell

Assistant coaches: Stephen Hart and Nick Dasovic, and goalkeeper coach Paul Dolan