Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Mashaba has made nine changes to the
squad that faced Angola when he announced his starting eleven for the
first leg 2016 Chan qualifier against Mauritius.
The clash will take place this afternoon (Saturday, 20 June 2015) at the Dobsonville Stadium.
Kick-off is at 15:00.
According to supersport.com, Mashaba has retained only goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and striker
Thamsanqa Gabuza from the team that started against Angola (Tuesday, 16
June) in Cape Town. Khune has now started in the last four Bafana Bafana
matches since his return from injury – Swaziland, Nigeria, Gambia and
Tshepo Gumede will partner with Kwanda Mngonyama in central defence,
while Marc van Heerden will start at leftback and Wandisile Letlabika at
Letlabika was the last to arrive in camp Friday evening (19 June) brining to 19 the total number of players.
The middle of the park will be occupied by Mandla Masango, Gift Motupa, Musa Nyatama and William Twala.
Sphelele Ntshangase and Gabuza will lead the attack.
Letlabika, Nyatama and Twala will be making their Bafana Bafana debut.
Khune will captain the squad on his 69th appearance, also on the day he
celebrates his 28th birthday. The last time he led the team was in the
Chan tournament when South Africa drew 1-all against Mali in January
last year in Cape Town.
“I feel honoured to again lead the squad, and hope for a victory to make
it a memorable birthday present. A lot has happened over the last few
days with players withdrawing from the squad which has affected our
preparations, but as professionals we all know we have a job to do and
we intend to represent our country well.
Without taking anything away
from Mauritius, our focus is on a win so we can again put smiles on the
faces of South Africans and put the events of the last few days behind
us,” said Khune.
Goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane will start on the bench alongside Madisha
Modjeka, Ndumiso Mabena, Sibusiso Mxoyana, Bonginkosi Ntuli and Vuyisile
Wana. The other unccapped player in the squad is Mabena.
Pentje Zulu and Thabang Monare are ineligible to play because they don’t have passports.
SA XI: Itumeleng Khune (GK) (captain), Marc van Heerden,
Tshepo Gumede, Wandisile Letlabika, Kwanda Mngonyama, Gift Motupa, Musa
Nyatama, Mandla Masango, William Twala, Sphelele Ntshangase, Thamsanqa
Subs: Jackson Mabokgwane (GK), Madisha Modjeka, Ndumiso Mabena, Sibusiso Mxoyana, Bonginkosi Ntuli, Vuyisile Wana.