Bafana face striker crisis

2013-01-26 07:22
Katlego Mphela (Gallo Images)

Durban - South Africa is in danger of having just two fit strikers for their final group game against Morocco at the African Cup of Nations.

The host team was already without Lehlohonolo Majoro because of a gash to his left leg, while fellow forward Tokelo Rantie was now doubtful for Sunday's final round of Group A games with a twisted ankle.

South Africa team doctor Carl Tabane said Rantie sat out training on Friday after hurting himself in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Angola and was "a doubtful starter" against the Moroccans.

"We had to pull him (Rantie) out of training today because he is struggling a bit," Tabane said. "We will treat him today and see how it goes."

South Africa's leading striker, Katlego Mphela, has also only just returned from an injury layoff.

While the home team's attacking options were diminished for a game it needs to take a point from to be certain of a place in the quarterfinals, Bafana were boosted by the return to fitness of midfielders Kagisho Dikgacoi and Lerato Chabangu.

The pair was unavailable for the Angola game but took part in a full training session in Durban on Friday.

Tabane said Crystal Palace player Dikgacoi and Chabangu should be available for selection for Sunday's game.

A draw will guarantee South Africa a place in the quarterfinals of its home African Cup. The host could also go through with a loss as long as Cape Verde doesn't beat Angola in the other Group A game in Port Elizabeth.

Morocco needs to win to qualify.

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