Bafana name squad for Egypt

2011-05-19 13:46

Johannesburg - The Israel-based defensive duo of Bevan Fransman and Tsepo Masilela were on Thursday named in Bafana Bafana's 23-man squad to play Egypt in a Group G 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo on June 5.

In what will be his toughest test yet since taking over the helm last year, coach Pitso Mosimane recalled Fransman in place of injured England-based Bongani Khumalo, who is out with a broken metatarsal.

The 27-year-old Fransman, who can play in defence and midfield, has made 14 appearances at senior international level since making his debut in 2005. He has remained on the fringes of national selection and now has another chance to prove himself.

Expecting a hostile atmosphere in the 80 000 capacity National Stadium, Masilela will provide the experience needed at the back and hopefully resolve the problem with the left-back position.

Masilela suffered a knee injury late last year and is now fully recovered.

"What happened in Freetown when we played Sierra Leone last year will be the same as Cairo in terms of hostility," said Mosimane.

"With experienced players like Masilela coming in, we should be able to take the stress."

Also out injured for the clash is midfield strongman Thanduyise Khuboni who is replaced by Bloemfontein Celtic's Hlompho Kekana. He retains his place in the squad after having made his debut in last weekend's 1-0 win over Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam.

Bafana top the group with seven points after three games and a win or draw over the Egyptians will see the Pharaohs eliminated in the qualifying process for next year's continental show-piece in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Mosimane was cautious of the challenge his side was likely to face from the cornered African champions in their own hostile backyard.

"We are going to another territory now," said the coach.

"It will be a difficult match and we all know what this match means to them. If they don't get the victory, mathematically, they'll be out.

"Obviously, they will be at their best and, unfortunately, we'll be the ones to face them."

Also named in the squad were youngsters Punch Masenamela, a defender with Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits' offensive duo of Sifiso Myeni and Bhongolwethu Jayiya, and Kermit Erasmus from SuperSport United.

They will be part of the squad which assembles on Sunday, before departing for Rustenburg on Monday, where they will hold a training camp for a week.

Captain Steven Pienaar and Masilela are expected to arrive later because of club commitments overseas, while the Orlando Pirates trio of Andile Jali, Tlou Segolela and Happy Jele are participating in the Nedbank Cup final next Saturday.

Bafana squad:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Wayne Sandilands, Mbongeni Mzimela

Defenders: Morgan Gould, Bevan Fransman, Mzivukile Tom, Tsepo Masilela, Siboniso Gaxa, Anele Ngconca, Siyabonga Sangweni, Happy Jele

Midfielders: Kagiso Dikgacoi, Hlompho Kekana, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Steven Pienaar, Thulani Serero, Andile Jali, Siphiwe Tshabalala, George Maluleka, Tlou Segolela

Strikers: Bernard Parker, Davide Somma, Katlego Mphela


  • mpho30 - 2011-05-19 14:26

    I wonder why Pitso never has Matty in his squad. Looks like a odog team though

      Ash - 2011-05-19 14:44

      True that

      patrick khorombi - 2011-05-19 15:14

      Donkey players like Matty r not senior national team material Mpho. cum on the dude play like a cow. looking into the selected midfielders, who do you think he can replace.......

      Hanjo - 2011-05-19 16:02

      @ patrick , Kagiso Dikgacoi ? he's specially useless of late.

      theDriver - 2011-05-19 16:40

      the reason Pitso doesn't include Pattison is simple, the guy is useless. But I agree that Kagiso is finished as well.

  • Monde - 2011-05-19 14:26

    their previous result will be a motivator, beat the Pharaohs in their own land...

  • NJABZeN - 2011-05-19 14:34

    Pharoahs might win this, But if they do, it won't be such a huge margin

  • Butters - 2011-05-19 14:43

    We need to play more attacking than in the previous game against Egypt. The result then was good though. Lets beat them in their backyard and send one of the favourites crashing out of the competition. Come on boys. We can do this.

      patrick khorombi - 2011-05-19 15:10

      Its a strong squad and i think they'l do well. Playas lyk Matty and Mzimela r not senior national team material. Pitso must field the magical Serero and Jali and stop uttering lame comments like they'r young and must be protected. we have great players in the world who made in their senior teams at an early age: Messi, Ronaldo, dhino, rooney, van persie and the boy from germany.

  • tibos2 - 2011-05-19 14:55

    pitso we need a victory on this 1 then we will be done 4sure, it will never be easy following to where pharos as situated brutality shud be expected. gud squad but also a cry for Mattew other than that best of luch Luminarys of Mzansi

  • Vanquisher - 2011-05-19 15:00

    Mokoena is out of the squard????? poor Mokoena

  • MacDaKnife - 2011-05-19 15:04

    Pitso now you will know what the game is all about. You boys(bafana) will get a whipping

      Winston - 2011-05-19 15:16

      @ MacDaKnife. PLEASE!!!!! a whipping??? NEVER!!!! We will run those Pharoahs around the park the whole day! If they can keep up...

  • Winston - 2011-05-19 15:12

    We can beat Egypt anywhere, anytime. We need not fear them at all! This is the rise of SA football. It is Bafana-bafana's time! Should we qualify for Afcon, and I am sure we will, we will surely be among the favourites! SA has for too long been the whiping boys of Africa, But no more!!! Killer is going to KILL Egypt, in Egypt! Mphela kan become the best striker SA has produced in years! I have faith in YOU Killer!!!

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-05-19 15:22

    WHY ONLY 2 WHITES? if this was rugby and only 2 blacks, there will be a war.

      Winston - 2011-05-19 15:30

      So, BALLSACK, will we play even better if we have more whites in the team?? If you think so, then you should rather stick to rugby... Those guys have made me proud to be a South-African!! The game of FOOTBALL is bigger than racism and sees no colour my friend...

      hardloop - 2011-05-19 16:11

      quotas address the injustices of the past. whites were always allowed to play for bafana. and there are not that many BLACKS in the bok matchday squad - quite a few coloureds though. How many white players actually feature in the PSL anyway? Booth - too slow. Vonk - too old. People like you need to just hush your hasty racial sh*t. No-one else here has mentioned it and I haven't seen it anywhere on any of the rugby blogs. Get over yourself bro.

      JustinC. - 2011-05-20 07:14

      Hey Num-nut, This is the best SOUTH AFRICAN squad, please don't bring race into this...!!!

  • Stateman - 2011-05-19 15:47

    Pitso has not lost a game yet, GO SOUTH AFRICA GO, make us proud. He is the BEST coach thus far.

      Gerrit - 2011-05-19 16:09

      er...we lost the game against the USA when Pitso was in charge

  • Phineas - 2011-05-19 15:53

    Pitso, why you keep on saying "Hostility"? Please make me understand what this is supposed to imply in your own vocabulary. I just sense that you are trying to find excuse already. You must lead by example and be positive in order to motivate your troop. Go there knowing that you are fighting for a spot in the coming Afcon competition. I really hate it when people just "chicken out" even before the game and that is what you are instilling in your team - please be focused and encourage our boys to do well. It's two teams of 11 players each side - so there is nothing to be fearful of. Bafana equally stands a very same chance of winning in Cairo just like Egyptians. Good luck! SA is behind you all the way, Re Kaofela!!!

  • Bookworm - 2011-05-19 16:00

    A nice young and strong team. Go my boys. Bafana, Bafana rule! We as South Africans are behind you 100%. The nay sayers dont count!! I am so excited to see the likes of Letsholonyane, Serero, Jali, Shabba, Maluleka and Segolela playing for the same side. This team has potential for success. xxxxx

  • Bhuti - 2011-05-19 16:01

    1)Why isnt Matty Patterson not being picked... 2)We rising the FIFA rankings, but are we playing top class teams? 3)Could Bafana play games against teams that are ranked in the top 30...then see how they play...playing teams ranked below 100 isnt gonna take us anywhere..

      Winston - 2011-05-19 16:18

      Well, we are ranked 4th in Africa... We actually NEED to play more top side in the world. Then we can measure ourselves. But small steps at a time... We are getting there...

  • Cassels Madingwane - 2011-05-19 16:08

    We should not be under any illusion when it comes to this game, it is going to be very tough for our boys. It's going to take a very compact style of play and Egyptions will want to deny us possesion for the entire match. This will certainly be separating the boys from the men and we need all the experience we can get. Their style of football is very awkward for our team and we have to close them down like never before. Even the Italians lost to this team during the Confed Cup and for me any positive result will do for me.

  • Tumi Bopape - 2011-05-19 16:24

    Good Squad, but it won't be easy. Egypt nearly outplayed us in our own backyard,you can only imagine what is to come in Cairo. Nevetherless, I believe we can get a result of some sort if we play in a clever way for the day. With Egypt you can never say you will be offensive or defensive to win,it depends on what happens during the course of play.

  • lumbani ganyali - 2011-05-19 17:12

    Pitso is overlooking Pattison. He is a ver good midfielder

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  • RL - 2011-05-20 10:22

    its about time franki fransman was called up ... bongs and franki are the future.

  • Obakeng - 2011-05-23 09:21

    Looks like a Great squad for sure!! Tough picking out the 1st eleven from this bunch :)... Now we just need to handle the Egyptians pressure. Won't be easy, but not impossible!!! Show them what u made of Bafana!!!

  • ROD BOY - 2011-05-24 11:14


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      Otto - 2011-05-24 15:43

      8t,ur ryt Rod Boy...ptty mst get calup..pitso h'll regrt t.

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