Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba said on Thursday that the door was
not completely closed for players not selected in the 34-man
provisional squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
According to the supersport.com website, Mashaba kept the bulk of the team that played in the Afcon qualifiers
where they went unbeaten in six matches. He has named four goalkeepers,
10 defenders, 15 midfielders and five strikers. But there were some
notable absentees from the squad and this created quite a stir on social
However, those not included in the provisional squad will still have
time to impress in the final Absa Premiership matches before the break
The squad will be trimmed down on Tuesday, 30 December, to the required
23 for the tournament after a mini-training camp that will be held in
Johannesburg from December 26.
“The bulk of the boys in the squad are the ones who helped Bafana Bafana
to be where it is now and we didn’t want to change much going into
AFCON. The bloated squad means we want to give everyone a chance as we
don’t have guaranteed places in the team; it is an opportunity for all
of them to fight hard for the final spot,” said Mashaba.
“And for those not on the list, we can’t say for sure they are
completely out as they also stand a good chance of making it. As you can
see most of those on the list have been with us for the last three
months or so.”
Bafana Bafana’s opening match of the tournament is against Algeria on
Monday, 19 January (9pm SA time), followed by the clash with Senegal on
Friday, 23 January (21:00 SA time) with the last group stages match
against Ghana on Tuesday, 27 January (20:00 SA time).
South Africa will play all their group stage matches in Mongomo.
Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Jackson Mabogwane, Siyabonga Mpontshane, Brilliant Khuzwayo
Defenders: Siyabonga Nhlapho, Patrick Phungwayo, Anele
Ngcongca, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Kwandakwentsizwa Mngonyama, Thulani
Hlatshwayo, Erick Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thabo Matlaba, Mzikayise
Midfielders: Themba Zwane, Andile Jali, Asavele
Mbekile, Vuyisile Wana, Jabulani Shongwe, Reneilwe Letsholonyane,
Bongani Zungu, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Dean Furman, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Oupa
Manyisa, Mondli Cele, Mandla Masango, Thulani Serero, Thuso Phala
Strikers: Ayanda Patosi, Bernard Parker, David Zulu, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula