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Injury-hit Bafana call up Gcaba

2015-01-12 07:17
Ayana Gcaba (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - South Africa have called up Ayanda Gcaba to replace the injured Patrick Phungwayo in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

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A knee injury that failed to heal during a training camp in Gabon ruled out left-back Phungwayo from former African champions Orlando Pirates.

Centre-back Gcaba also plays for the Soweto-based Buccaneers and was a surprise choice given he played no part in the six-round qualifying competition.

He is an unlikely starter, however, for the first Group C match against title favourites Algeria on January 19 in eastern Equatorial Guinea town Mongomo.

Eric Mathoho seems certain to be one of the centre-backs in a 4-4-2 system with Rivaldo Coetzee and Thulani Hlatshwayo contesting the other slot.

Coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba will probably choose Anele Ngcongca - one of five Europe-based footballers in the squad - and Thabo Matlaba as his full-backs.

Bafana Bafana (The Boys) also face Senegal and Ghana is what is considered the toughest of the four mini-leagues with the top two finishers advancing to the knockout phase.

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