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Benni back in Bafana squad

2010-04-30 13:53
Cape Town - Benni McCarthy, Siyabonga Nomvete, Bernard Parker and Katlego Mphela have cracked the nod as Bafana Bafana's preliminary World Cup forwards.

The quartet were named as part of coach Carlos Alberto Parreira's penultimate squad for the global showpiece, which kicks off on June 11.

McCarthy has been in poor form since his move to West Ham, where he has been reduced to a bit-part role following a knee injury.

Nomvete, meanwhile, was a shock call-up to the camp in Germany, but he made the most out of his international life-line.

The Moroka Swallows ace netted the second goal in a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Wednesday night and now stands a great chance of going to the World Cup.

Parker has not enjoyed game time since making the switch to Dutch giants FC Twente, but his partnership with McCarthy has impressed Parreira in the past.

At the back, goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez makes a return to the national team fold, along with right-back Bryce Moon.

However, there was no space for SuperSport United winger Daine Klate, who is in the running to be named the PSL Footballer of the Season.

Bafana squad:

Itumeleng Khune, Moeneeb Josephs, Shu-Aib Walters, Rowen Fernandez

Matthew Booth, Siboniso Gaxa, Bongani Khumalo, Tshepo Masilela, Innocent Mdledle, Aaron Mokoena, Bryce Moon, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Sangweni, Lucas Thwala

Franklin Cale, Lance Davids, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Andile Jali, Thanduyise Khuboni, Reneilwe Letsholonyane , Teko Modise, Surprise Moriri, Steven Pienaar, MacBeth Sibaya, Siphiwe Tshabalala

Katlego Mphela, Benni McCarthy, Siyabonga Nomvete, Bernard Parker

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