‘Buffs’ to play SA’s Acorn Bush in friendly

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sa­belo Ma­jola

SOC­CER-In the quest to pre­pare for the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup clash against Cape Town City, Young Buf­faloes will play a friendly match against South African third tier side Acorn Bush United. Mak­ing his re­marks in a ra­dio in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Buf­faloes Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Sandile Gwebu said they have set up the friendly match with the Mpumalanga based out­fit to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the style of play in SA teams ahead of their clash against City. The match is likely to be played to­day at Kabok­weni Sta­dium in Mpumalanga, the home ground for Acorn Bush.

Gwebu said they have been plagued by in­juries for the bet­ter part of this season but all the play­ers are back from in­jury ex­cept de­fender Samke­liso ‘Rio’ Lushaba who sus­tained a ca­reer end­ing in­jury dur­ing their league clash against Manzini Wan­der­ers and the player will be out for the rest of the season and even be­yond.

“Here at Young Buf­faloes we pride our­selves with our de­vel­op­ment structure where we groom and har­vest our young tal­ent and we have al­ready pro­moted a young­ster from the de­vel­op­ment league to re­place Lushaba at the back. We will also be tak­ing about five play­ers that we har­vested from this structure to the CAF campaign. And it goes to show how help­ful the de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme is,” he said.

The two sides are sched­uled to meet in the con­ti­nents sec­ond premier club com­pe­ti­tion in Fe­bru­ary with the lo­cal side set to play hosts to the Benni McCarthy led side on the 9th be­fore visiting the Cape Town based out­fit a week later.

GONE: Njab­ulo Shongwe.

TO PLAY FRIENDLY: Buf­faloes Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Sandile Gwebu.

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