Bafana Bafana

Bafana's Phungwayo out of AFCON

2015-01-10 10:07
Patrick Phungwayo (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates defender Patrick Phungwayo has been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations due to a knee injury, the SA Football Association said.


Phungwayo was withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad after scans revealed that his injury would require weeks of rest to heal.

"We have no option but to send him home so he can begin with rehabilitation and we can welcome the new player in," Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba said.

"We would have loved to be with him to play in the tournament, but because of the injury we can't. But going back will also help him to recover speedily."

The defender injured his knee during Bafana's last training session in Johannesburg on December 30.

He missed last weekend's international friendly match against Zambia which South Africa won 1-0 at Orlando Stadium, as he was undergoing rehabilitation. He also missed the two training sessions that Bafana had in Libreville, Gabon.

Meanwhile, Andile Jali and Thabo Matlaba were declared fit to play by the Bafana medical team.

Jali arrived in camp in December with a knee injury and had now fully recovered. Matlaba was stretchered off in the clash against Zambia after complaining of cramps which were caused by low levels of fitness. He has been getting extra training in camp.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.