Bafana Bafana

Chiefs duo to miss AFCON opener

2015-01-07 07:30
Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Eric Mathoho (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs duo Eric Mathoho and Reneilwe Letsholonyane will miss Bafana Bafana's Africa Cup of Nations opener against Algeria through suspension.

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Defender Mathoho and midfielder Letsholonyane have been ruled out of the crunch clash with Africa's top-ranked team on January 19 after picking up suspensions during the AFCON qualifiers.

Mathoho was shown a second yellow card in the 2-2 draw with Nigeria, while Letsholonyane was sent off in the same fixture after collecting two yellow cards.

According to CAF rules, any suspensions garnered during the qualifying campaign will carry over into the finals of the tournament, although singular bookings will not be counted.

Full Bafana Bafana squad:

Goalkeepers: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Darren Keet, Jackson Mabokgwane

Defenders: Siyabonga Nhlapo, Patrick Phungwayo, Anele Ngcongca, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thabo Matlaba

Midfielders: Themba Zwane, Andile Jali, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Dean Furman, Thuso Phala, Mandla Masango, Oupa Manyisa

Strikers: Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, Sibusiso Vilakazi

Bafana Bafana's Group C fixtures:

January 19 - South Africa v Algeria, Estadio de Mongomo, 21:00

January 23 - Senegal v South Africa, Estadio de Mongomo, 21: 00

January 27 - Ghana v South Africa, Estadio de Mongomo, 20:00.


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