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Friday, 7 June, 2002, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
Sono seeks the Korean heat
Jomo Sono (right) in training with his players
Sono believes the hot weather will favour his team

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South Africa's coach Jomo Sono believes the sun could prove to be a valuable ally for his team when they meet Slovenia on Saturday.

"My players are from Africa where it's very hot.

"At home, we play at about the same time at which the game against Slovenia will be played.

"I don't think our opponents are used to this kind of heat," said Sono.

He hinted that he may make changes to the South African side that played the opening game against Paraguay.

Benedict McCarthy
McCarthy is yet to score in this tournament

"All the players, including Pierre Issa who picked up an injury during the opening game, are available for selection," the coach said.

Bennett Mnguni who returned home for his brother's funeral in South Africa, had now rejoined the camp.

"Bennett looked very sharp in training and he will definitely be considered for selection," Sono adds.

The troubles in the Slovenian camp caused by the ejection of star player Zlatko Zahovic appears not to have an impact on Sono.

"To be honest, I didn't even know that he had left. In any case, they have 22 other players in their squad who all deserve to be at the World Cup.

Sibusiso Zuma
Sibusiso Zuma is a key player for South Africa

"We will just be focusing on our own preparations, so it doesn't really matter what goes on with them."

All that matters to Sono is that they get three points in their next match. The South African coach has great respect for the Slovenes.

"I think it's going to be our hardest game at this World Cup. They held Spain very well until they gave away the opening goal, after which they lost their discipline."

"They are a very fit and physical side who will be tough opponents."


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