Bafana team to face Niger

2010-08-26 12:23

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane has included some new faces in the 25-man squad to play Niger next month.

According to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier will take place at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga on September 4 and  two players, Happy Jele and Keegan Ritchie, have made the cut.

Mosimane, who guided Bafana to a 1-0 win over Ghana in an international friendly which was his first match in charge, says: “We are building from the Ghana match since we got a good result against credible opponents. We have brought in a few youngsters in this team.”

Bafana squad:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Moeneeb Josephs

Defenders: Siboniso Gaxa, Morgan Gould, Tsepo Masilela, Aaron Mokoena, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Sangweni, Bongani Khumalo, Innocent Mdledle, Keegan Ritchie, Happy Jele

Midfielders: Siphiwe Tshabalala, Daine Klate, Teko Modise, Thanduyise Khuboni, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Steven Pienaar, MacBeth Sibaya, Andile Jali, Daylon Claasen

Strikers: Katlego Mphela, Kermit Erasmus, Bernard Parker, Sthembiso Ngcobo


  • Squad - 2010-08-26 12:32

    Formidable and promising

  • Marcus Daily - 2010-08-26 12:36

    Teko Modise in at the expense of Andile Jali? Come on Pitso!

  • Tito - 2010-08-26 12:44

    Gaxa & Sangweni havent played at all this season how on earth do you justify their inclusion. Parreira's team this wait till he starts losing then the chickens come home to roost.

  • Mzie Njova - 2010-08-26 13:02

    future players Pitso you are the man I hope the guys will not disappoint us we proud about you guyz. tThe youth is there plus experience is there.

  • Bongani Sboniso Myeni - 2010-08-26 13:03

    hey guys why you dont select Abia Nale coz he is a good player moral nd have a nyc play pushing spirity.

  • RL - 2010-08-26 13:12

    this is absolute rubbish how can he drop bevan fransman without him even playing a game??!!! pitso you shaded retard, fransman is playing in the champions league with the worlds best and has always been a class above psl players ... it is truly baffling that he is not in the team ...

  • Simon - 2010-08-26 13:14

    I see Pitso strategy..getting rid of Aaron Mokoena in silence! If really, it was about young guys; how come Sibaya was selected? Perhaps, he should have selected Pattison...Di tlo boa hiso!!!

  • Xolani - 2010-08-26 13:15

    What up bra Pitso where is Siyabonga Nomvete i think he is still a good strike look what he done for Moroka Swallows

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-08-26 13:41

    Good squad, bar one player. His nick name begins with and MBA and ends with a ZO. He is a defender with a very short concentration span. Dunno what he is doing on the list.

  • Zuko - 2010-08-26 13:57

    What more does Matthew Pattison have 2 do 2 gt into the squad????

  • lebogang - 2010-08-26 13:57

    When have you been appointed a Coach Mr Marcus Daily? Please give Pitso a chance and stop telling him who to choose and/or to drop!!!

  • Edy babe!!!!!!!! - 2010-08-26 14:10

    @squad True...........i like it!!!

  • paile - 2010-08-26 14:15

    itsa good team,just dought the inclusion of modise,mdledle and MBAZO! surely we can do better than that

  • chuma - 2010-08-26 14:15

    I guess we have to wait and see especially with some of the chosen playas who haven't featured in any of the season games or even training with their teams. Some are just there coz of their names. I guess time will tell.

  • Nathi - 2010-08-26 14:16

    I give you 5/10 Pitso for this squard, I will give you the other 5 marks the day you drop Mbazo,I hope you notice that he is making you loose 5 marks before the games start,during the games he will make you loose your other 5,It a warning!!!!

  • Maredi - 2010-08-26 14:21

    Why is Matthew Pattison still left out?

  • TPluz - 2010-08-26 14:58

    Still no Matthew Pattison? I'm sure he will make the cut in future cos he's a damn good player and he adapted quickly to the PSL.But a good team nevertheless.I'd like to see Jali playing ahead of Sibaya.Yes he's experienced,but let's be honest,the dude's reached his sell-by date.And besides,Letsholonyane can do the mopping job just as easily as he can go forward.On top of that,he possesess a killer pass something the Shakespearian character lacks in abundance.Letsholonyane can do a good job protecting the young OP maestro.Still, I think we will beat Niger convingcingly.Good Luck Bafana and well done in advance bra Pitso.

  • Boboza - 2010-08-26 15:09

    Teko Modise? come on Pitso.

  • dosto - 2010-08-26 15:14

    Sho bra pitso you were not supposed to drop suprise,replace mbazo-put siyaanda xulu,teko modise-abia nale

  • dosto - 2010-08-26 15:15

    Sho bra pitso you were not supposed to drop suprise,replace mbazo-put siyaanda xulu,teko modise-abia nale

  • Albert Manzini - 2010-08-26 15:45

    This is a good team i must say, as for those who says my be loved captain should be droped allow me to say they didnt play soccer at all in their life, i mean records are the to guide us & we should make our judgement based on those records. who can give me 2 top achievers in terms of SA players playing oversees (Internationaly) after the class of 1996 his name and steven comes top, who els? non . alowe me to say this being a sami professional player myself playing for Tembisa City Sharks FC, i know where does all this comes from and today i'll revil trhe thruth. It all come from one Man his name is u bra J. hosi ya mina Sono. we still dont aprove that Mr sono he is the only main man in SUCCESS of the SA National soccer team. lets me put it this way, My Captain dont warry they dont hate u they hate your mantor. its proven where does Pitso came from, the class of 96 records are there, by the way i'm Sundowns Supporter. thank u SA.

  • Alex Tshpo - 2010-08-26 21:16

    can't say i'm happy , but i understand, leaving a player lyk suprise its a real suprise okay my point is whether you like to admite to it or not , but the fact is Booth is still the most influetial player ever and he remains the best sweeper in SA football i have listed the fact , wat remains is for you to do your job, Congrats on your appointment and all the best

  • Roberto Rodriguez - 2010-08-27 07:59

    Pitso should not overlook Davide Somma from leads, that guy is in top form. Score back to back in games. He is tall and physically strong, just the person we need upfront for those crosses.

  • MrFantastic - 2010-08-27 11:29

    i am pretty sure that Mbazo have shares at SAFA..The guy is a floop but he is always on the starting line up..If any couch can leave him out that would be an application of him been fired..I have sougtht for many years i have

  • Hlominator - 2010-08-27 11:43

    Given a chance for the 48 millions South Africans to pick their own team we would have many different teams. SAFA has entrusted Pitso with his abilities to coach the National Team. Let him do his job of making sure that becomes formidable, win games, qualify for major tournaments. And we must also do our job of going to the stadium to support the team. To sing in praise when they are winning and to cheer them up when they are down. if we don't support them, who will?

  • jeffrey mtetwa - 2010-08-27 12:47

    i'd like to say good luck to the national team guy please make us proud coz we as the nation we love and sopport you please. and good work to you the new coach MR PITSO MOSIMANE, im one of the guy that will be in the MBOMBELA STADIUM, im from nelspruit. WE LOVE YOU PITSO AND SUPPORT BAFANA BAFANA................................

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  • Ricie - 2010-08-30 13:06

    I think the squad is well balanced, Pitso is the man on a mission. Who thought he can leave-out Big Belly Benny out? Go Pitso Go!

  • majabajaba - 2010-08-31 02:15

    Bra Pitso stop being big headed like your freind Santana please do away with the likes of Mbazo, Modise, and Sibaya, and use the likes of Xulu, Masenamela, and Pattison. jerrr... man.

  • Thandabahle - 2010-08-31 15:39

    Gud but we nid nu captain not Mokoena any more

  • bro Mike - 2010-08-31 15:48

    yo team is gud Pitso but yu have 2 win 2 this unknown team bcause egypt is 2 strong fo u 2 get 3 points. we want win not draw

  • Hlaranhlope - 2010-09-02 14:12

    To realise Teko's full use play him in the middle not wing. Mokoena is on is way out aswell as Mcbeth, Playing internationally doesnt mean you are a good player sometimes you were just lucky to get there

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