Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba is hopeful that at least three players will graduate from the COSAFA squad and be a part of the AFCON qualifiers group of players.
According to safa.net, Mashaba said it was important for him and his technical team not to go for the tried and tested players for the COSAFA Cup but give a new group an opportunity.
“We have other leagues in this country and we have said if you have a SA ID book then you qualify to play for Bafana Bafana.
“We have to give other players a chance because if you look at the National First Division there is so much untapped talent there, and at the same time it gives us an opportunity to widen our pool of players.
“I am hopeful that three or four players will graduate from this squad into the one that will play the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
“The main reason is that we have a busy schedule with the COSAFA CUP now, then the AFCON 2015 qualifiers and the CHAN 2016 qualifiers.
It is important that we pick different players and hope that some of them graduate with us to the qualifiers so we don’t make too many changes going forward,” added Mashaba.
Meanwhile Daniel Cardoso (Free State Stars) and Mzikayise Mashaba (Mamelodi Sundowns) have not been registered for the COSAFA CUP tournament due to injuries and will not form part of the COSAFA CUP squad that gets underway from 17 – 30 May. Only 20 players are needed for the tournament.
South Africa will face Botswana in the quarterfinal of the competition on Sunday, May 24 at the Moruleng Stadium in the North West Province.
Kickoff is at 17:30.
On Wednesday, May 13 Bafana travels to Lesotho to play two training matches against the host nation on Thursday, 14 May and Saturday, 16 May.
South Africa is also scheduled to face Malawi in another training match on Friday, May 22 in Rustenburg.
Full Bafana Bafana squad:
Goalkeepers: Jackson Mabokgwane (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Mondle Mphoto (SuperSport FC), Ricardo Goss (Golden Arrows)
Defenders: Madisha Modjeka (M.Tigers FC), Subisiso Mxoyana (Vasco da Gama), Marc Van Heerden (AmaZulu FC), Siyabonga Nhlapho (Bidvest Wits), Kwanda Mngonyama (Maritzburg United), Clayton Daniels (SuperSport FC), Sibusiso Khumalo (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Midfielders: Cole Alexander (Polokwane City), Thapelo Morena (Bloemfontein Celtic), Thamsanqa Sangweni (Chippa United), Carl Lark (Santos FC), Athenkhosi Dlala (SuperSport FC), Hendrick Ekstein (Kaizer Chiefs)
Strikers: Puleng Tlolane (Polokwane City), Phumelele Bhengu (Thanda Royal Zulu), Gift Matupa (Baroka FC), Moeketsi Sekola (Free State Stars)