Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has named the team that will take
on neighbours Zambia in an international friendly match scheduled for
Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Sunday.
Kick-off is at 15:00.
The match is the first phase of preparations for the Africa
Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament which runs from January 17 to February 8, 2015.
Mashaba has selected the bulk of
players who did duty in the qualifiers with Darren Keet in goals,
assisted at the back by central defenders Eric Mathoho and Rivaldo
Coetzee, while Anele Ngcongca, who will captain the side, and Thabo
Matlaba will be the full-backs.
“This is a very important match
for all of us as it is for preparations for AFCON 2015. We did well in
the qualifiers and in the last friendly against Ivory Coast, this is
also our last match at home before we depart for the tournament so let
us leave the country with something to smile about when we are gone.
“We cannot afford to break the momentum we are on now and even though
we know that Zambia is a very good side but let’s just go out there and
work hard to get a victory that will please all of us, especially our
fans who have been behind us all the way,” said Ngcongca.
midfield has a different look about with Oupa Manyisa, Reneilwe
Letsholonyane, Thamsanqa Sangweni and Mandla Masango given the nod.
Tokelo Rantie and Bongani Ndulula have been entrusted with getting
Andile Jali and Patrick Phungwayo have not be considered
for the match as they are both nursing knee injuries which are not too
serious, but have been left out as a precaution, while Dean Furman is
only expected in camp on Monday.
Bafana starting XI
Darren Keet, Anele Ngcongca (captain), Thabo Matlaba, Eric Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Mandla Masango, Oupa Manyisa, Bongani Ndulula, Tokelo Rantie
Substitutes: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Jackson Mabokgwane, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Bongani Zungu, Thuso Phala, Themba Zwane, Bernard Parker, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Siyabonga Nhlapho