Bafana Bafana

Bafana squad hit by withdrawals

2015-06-29 11:26
Thabo Matlaba (Supplied)
Thabo Matlaba (Supplied)

Cape Town - Thabo Matlaba, Marc van Heerden and Ntsikelelo Nyauza have withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad that will play Mauritius in the second leg of the 2016 CHAN qualifiers.

Both Matlaba and Van Heerden are suffering from Achilles tendon injuries while Nyauza had to pull out following Orlando Pirates' hectic schedule in the CAF Confederations Cup, according to

Pirates on Saturday beat AC Leopards of Congo Brazzaville 1-0 in a CAF Confederations Cup clash and both Matlaba and Nyauza were part of the team that travelled to Congo.

Coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba and his technical team will draft in replacements for the three.

The withdrawn trio join Vuyisile Wana who was taken off the Bafana Bafana list due to a knee injury, and has been replaced by Thabo Mnyamane.

The squad will train this afternoon (Monday, 29 June) at University of Johannesburg Stadium, Auckland Park at 16h00.

Bafana Bafana assembled for camp on Sunday, 28 June in Johannesburg. They will face Mauritius on Sunday, 5 July at the Stade Anjalay in Mauritius.

Kick-off is at 15h00 local time (SA time 13:00).

South Africa won the first leg 3-0 at the Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday, 20 June.


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