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Nomvethe back in Bafana fold

2012-05-17 10:47

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has recalled Moroka Swallows veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe to his 27-man squad for three matches next month.

"He [Nomvethe] fits our criteria and the way we play," Mosimane said on Thursday.

It is the first call-up for the 34-year-old, among Bafana's all-time leading scorers with 16 goals in 79 caps, since he was dropped after the World Cup two years ago.

"In our system, the transition from defence to attack is crucial and he fits that," Mosimane said.

"He has discipline and respects the badge. Nomvethe has never said no to Bafana."

South Africa play two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June against Ethiopia in Rustenburg and Botswana in Gaborone.

They then face 2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts Gabon in a friendly international in Johannesburg.

The friendly match fell on a Fifa international date in August but was shifted forward due to a packed Confederation of African Football (Caf) fixture list with Afcon and World Cup qualifiers also in the programme.

Mosimane also called up beanpole Santos poacher Eleazor Rodgers upfront, alongside new cap Tokelo Rantie from Orlando Pirates.

They will aid the national side's top striker, Katlego Mphela, who has struggled with form and confidence over the last year.

In midfield, nippy Free State Stars winger Mzikakiyise Mashaba was handed a first call-up, while the Kaizer Chiefs duo of Siphiwe Tshabalala and Reneilwe Letsholonyane return from injury after they missed the match against Senegal in February.

The country's number two shot-stopper, Moeneeb Josephs, also returns from injury, while Darren Keet was included, with four goalkeepers named in the party.

Eight overseas players were named in the squad, including captain Steven Pienaar, May Mahlangu and Thulani Serero, but there was no place for Belgian-based attacking midfielder Daylon Claasen.

Three players - Luvhengo Mungomeni (Swallows), Thami Sangweni (AmaZulu) and Lehlohonolo Masalesa (Wits) - were named on standby in case of injury.

Mosimane said victories over Ethiopia and Botswana were key ahead of their away match against the Central African Republic (CAR) next March, in their bid to qualify for the 2014 global showpiece.

They hoped to shine after missing out on qualifying for this year's AFCON tournament when they failed to interpret the rules correctly.

"It's a big opportunity for us to start off well in the group before we meet CAR," he said.

"In the 2012 AFCON qualifiers we started off well and in the end needed one point to qualify for tournament.

"But we have learnt from the experience and our mistakes.

"It's also the time that the country and Bafana start winning because it's time to break the ice from the draws."

The bulk of the squad will assemble next Monday for a two-week training camp in the North West.

Meanwhile, SA Football Association (SAFA) chief executive Robin Peterson also confirmed an away match against Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland in October.

SAFA said it would announce all fixtures for the rest of the year on May 31.

Bafana squad:

Goalkeepers:

Itumeleng Khune, Moeneeb Josephs, Wayne Sandilands, Darren Keet

Defenders:

Punch Masenamela, Tsepo Masilela, Eric Mathoho, Siboniso Gaxa, Morgan Gould, Siyabonga Sangweni, Bongani Khumalo, Anele Ngcongca

Midfielders:

Andile Jali, May Mahlangu, Thulani Serero, Steven Pienaar (captain), Oupa Manyisa, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Mzikayise Mashaba, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Thanduyise Khuboni, Teko Modise, Lebohang Mokoena

Strikers:

Katlego Mphela, Siyabonga Nomvethe, Tokelo Rantie, Eleazor Rodgers

SAPA

Comments
  • luthandok - 2012-05-17 10:52

    i thought david mathebula would get a nodd. am bit disappointed. he is among the nominees for player of the season

      Cooper - 2012-05-17 11:40

      Pitso dont see this mxm!!

      Peter - 2012-05-17 12:03

      I still don't understand how Pitso retained his job after several, dismal perfomance by the national team.

      lmarima - 2012-05-17 13:35

      Yes David Mathebula deserve a call up based on his form than popularity.Pitso's selection criteria leaves much to be desired,is it a question of underhand tactics of local coaches or lack of vision?

      trevor.n.makenya - 2012-05-17 15:38

      pitso go 4 da names not if ur good in football dat is y we aint winning if a player is not playing he shouldnt be include in the team mphela is not playing y u put him while there are players playing well at da moment like mathebula

  • Mhlonso - 2012-05-17 11:03

    Pitso = headless chicken

      Cooper - 2012-05-17 11:37

      You are right Mlonso,,

      njabs.ngcobo - 2012-05-17 12:21

      Why couldn't he do this a few minths ago? He's taking chances this Pitso guy!

  • johannes.ramara - 2012-05-17 11:05

    Thanks Pitso for reinforcing your strike force. Players must now know that they do no have a place in the squad. They will have to work for a place in the squad. As for your middlefielders, can you please add somebody mobile like George Maluleka or Mathebula.

  • Mark - 2012-05-17 11:25

    I gree with you luthando. DvD deserves to be part of the squad. we don't need that number of defenders and there are many midfilders who are not better him in that squad

  • Cooper - 2012-05-17 11:34

    Y is mathebula left out? mxm m very much dissapointed in pitso mosimane s selection, Serero, Yeye,Mphela and Bongani arent supposed to be in this squad Pitso is undermining players who ve done well for their clubs this season by selecting regurlar bench warmers ahead of them,David Mathebula, Luvengo Mungomeni, Siyanda Xulu, and Erwin Isaacs have done very well for their respective clubs this season yet this biased coach didnt see that nxaaa!!

  • thinga - 2012-05-17 11:44

    "He (Nomvethe) fits our criteria and the way we play," Mosimane said on Thursday. Mxm since when did he fit your criteria? You only realise now? Headless chick indeed. Besides, this squad of yours Pitso can still be terrorised by Moroka Swallows alone...I gave up on you Pitso a few centuries ago

  • tmyezo - 2012-05-17 11:57

    what about Benni cause mr coach is now bringing old players back does he also have a spot. I am just asking?

  • Katleho Khang - 2012-05-17 12:01

    superb call ups indeed, hope they collaborate well.

  • tmyezo - 2012-05-17 12:10

    come to think of it maybe its all thanks to mr Komphela his presence will be felt here. Any way to go Bafana make us proud. Show us you are not being remote/spiritual controlled by the sangoma.

  • Sifiso Mngadi - 2012-05-17 12:21

    gr8 bringin nomvethe we stil dnt have enuf striker's as frm comment therz stil beef wit benzec,he mst b selected & dvd

  • david.lebethe - 2012-05-17 13:10

    Pitso is headstrong (read stubborn) person and will only come to it when he is dismissed. He has loking for his former players at SuperSports. He never hesitated to call-up Morgan Gould and when he is just an average player. You wonder why doesn't he pick some of the players that are on form? All that we could hope for is that the team must not loose. Othewrwise, he should be shown the exit door.

  • Ziggamann - 2012-05-17 13:17

    Nomvete is a good choice but we need a creative thinking player. Why was benni not called up he is still playing good football and he does not need to be considered as a 90 minute player. With Pirates he has shown that he can direct the game. He should also be there. Pitso perhaps to embarrased because he was behind leaving him out in the world cup because he is not a very clever tactical coach. Hope he loses these games so that we can have a new head coach

  • sampson.mamphweli - 2012-05-17 13:35

    balanced team I guess

  • Anele - 2012-05-17 13:38

    Chapman was called once in the squad bcz he scores 3 goal beating pirates ,4 mi benni is better than siyabonga and if call u call bhele u can't 4get his supplier mathebula

  • tshikare.makgoane - 2012-05-17 13:48

    You can't please everybody, to me a well balanced squad with a potential to take us to the qualifiers. Go for broke we are tired of draws malome Pisto

  • nyikamn - 2012-05-17 13:51

    Pitso was doing fine as an assistant coach but now the guy is on his way to join the least of Former National team coaches

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-05-17 13:52

    For Pitso calling Nomvethe up in the Bafana camp and leave Mathebula behind is like praising the Shoprite for selling delicious danones and say nothing about Clover and parmalat(who manufactured those danones)

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-17 14:19

    We are clearly a lost cause when we have to rely on 34 year olds to score goals for us. PSL coaches are not exactly doing Pitso a favour here as they are simply not producing strikers of good enough quality. But Pitso himself is incompetent and deserves the boot.

  • trevor.n.makenya - 2012-05-17 15:44

    thulani is a banch warmer at his team y dnt we go for in form players ppl lets face da truth pitso is not fair daz y will nevr win anything in this country we need a strong person who go for the inform players not da so called big names what about bongani he is not playing y is he in the

  • tshepo.nkwe1 - 2012-05-17 17:55

    I would like 2 say, its' bout time The NATIONAL SQUAD start winning games, Pitso selected those players wit da knowledge ya gore their will lead da Nation. I think gud selection

  • tshepo.nkwe1 - 2012-05-17 17:55

    I would like 2 say, its' bout time The NATIONAL SQUAD start winning games, Pitso selected those players wit da knowledge ya gore their will lead da Nation. I think gud selection

  • Bambanani - 2012-05-17 21:23

    why thulani,he is not playing in ajax,why leave mathebula out

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