Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana defender Bongani Khumalo has been withdrawn from
the squad to face Cote d'Ivoire in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, as
well as the international friendly against Zimbabwe due to an ankle
The clashes will take place on Saturday, 12 November and Tuesday, 15 November respectively.
Siyanda Xulu of Mamelodi Sundowns will replace the Reading player who has already left camp.
The good news is that Bafana have a full complement of players following
the arrival of midfielders Kagisho Dikgacoi and captain Steven Pienaar
from England, as well as defenders Bevan Fransman (Israel) and Tsepo
Dikgacoi arrived on Tuesday morning and joined his team-mates at
training, while the trio of Pienaar, Masilela and Fransman took part in
the afternoon training session.
Bafana are in Port Elizabeth to prepare for the match against Cote d'Ivoire.
"We are glad we have all the players in camp and now we are able to plan
properly. As for Khumalo, it's a blow that he is not with us, but we
have to soldier on as I believe we have other players that can take his
We are playing a high profile team that we all know what they are capable of.
We respect them but should not over-respect.
are a very difficult team to beat but a win is still possible and I
believe we can pull it off," said Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane.
Stand-in captain Siphiwe Tshabalala was also full of confidence that
they can get a positive result against the number one ranked side on the
"We are looking forward to this match and we know its going to be a difficult outing as they possess plenty of experience.
We view this as a good test for us and we are well aware of the expectations of the country, so we will do our best. The good thing is that we know what to expect," said Tshabalala.