Cape Town - Bafana Bafana's CHAN preparations have been rocked by the news that as many as 12 players have been withdrawn from the squad following the friendly against Angola.
The team's training session on Friday had to be postponed with Shakes Mashaba having only 11 players in camp at the moment. The team will now train at 17:00 on Friday.
Leading PSL clubs Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits, Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United all decided to recall their players after the matches against Gambia and Angola.
SAFA.net report that the Bafana Bafana technical team and management are working round the clock to call-up more players into the squad to face Mauritius in a 2016 CHAN qualifier on Saturday, June 20.
The latest events come after several clubs withdrew their players from the team – with 12 leaving camp just two days before South Africa tackles the Islanders.
Eleven players are currently in camp, and this includes Thapelo Monare who has been called up from Jomo Cosmos as one of the replacements.
South Africa face Mauritius in their CHAN 2016 qualifier at the Dobsonville Stadium.
The match kicks off at 15:00.
Players withdrawn from the squad:
Thulani Hlatshwayo (BidVest Wits) Siyabonga Nhlapho (BidVest Wits) Jabulani Shongwe (BidVest Wits) Clayton Daniels (SuperSport United) Thuso Phala (SuperSport United) Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town) Patrick Phungwayo (Orlando Pirates) Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates) Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates) Ntsikelelo Nyauza (Orlando Pirates) Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns) Brilliant Khuzwayo (Kaizer Chiefs)
Thapelo Monare (Jomo Cosmos) Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs) Jackson Mabokgwane (Mpumalanga Aces) Marc van Heerden (AmaZulu) Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs) Sphelele Ntshangase (Black Leopards) Gift Motupa (Baroka FC) Vuyisile Wana (Moroka Swallows) Bonginkosi Ntuli (AmaZulu) Tshepo Gumede (Orlando Pirates) Thamsanqa Gabuza (Orlando Pirates).
Gumede and Gabuza have been left in the squad, as they will not take part in the upcoming CAF Confederations Cup fixture of the club. Gumede has not been registered for the competition while Gabuza is on suspension having accumulated two yellow cards.