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Khune returns to Bafana fold

2015-03-17 14:25
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo)

Cape Town - Shakes Mashaba has added several new faces in his latest Bafana Bafana squad announcement in Johannesburg.

Kaizer Chiefs' Itumeleng Khune returns to the Bafana Bafana squad for the first time since recovering from injury. He reclaims his place in the squad as Darren Keet is overlooked for the matches against Swaziland and Nigeria. 

Mashaba called-up Free State Stars' Daniel Cardoso and Bloemfontein Celtics Thapelo Morena as part of a youthful looking defensive line-up.

The 64-year-old national team coach has given a few of the players he snubbed during the AFCON campaign a Bafana Bafana lifeline. Ayanda Patosi, Thulani Serero, May Mahlangu and Kamohelo Mokotjo are among the players recalled to the national fold.

Cole Alexander, Lebogang Phiri and Thabo Mnayane are new faces in the 30-man squad.

Lehlohonolo Majoro has also been given a chance to prove himself to Mashaba along with Siphelele Ntshangase from Black Leopards.

Controversial midfielder May Mahlangu's ban from selection has seemingly come to an end after the Turkish-based player was called up to the squad, this despite reports he is out injured and may only be fit at the end of March. 

South Africa are set to travel to face Swaziland on March before hosting Nigeria on March 29.

Bafana Bafana squad:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Brilliant Khuzwayo (Kaizer Chiefs), Jackson Mabokgwane (Mpumalanga Black Aces)

Defenders: Daniel Cardoso (Free State Stars), Anele Ngcongca (KRC Genk), Thulani Hlatshwayo (BidVest Wits), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates), Siyabonga Nhlapho (Bidvest Wits), Thapelo Morena (Bloemfontein Celtic), Sibusiso Khumalo (SuperSport United)

Midfielders: Lebogang Phiri (Brondby FC), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Andile Jali (KV Oostende), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs), Cole Alexander (Polokwane City), Thuso Phala (SuperSport United), Jabulani Shongwe (Bidvest Wits), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren FC), Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kamohelo Mokotjo (FC Twente), May Mahlangu (Konyaspor FC)

Forwards: Tokelo Rantie (AFC Bournemouth), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Thabo Mnayane (University of Pretoria), Lehlohonolo Majoro (Orlando Pirates), Siphelele Ntshangase (Black Leopards)


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