The Bafana Bafana camp has been boosted by the arrival of three overseas-based players.
Keagan Dolly (Montpellier, France), Percy Tau (Anderlecht, Belgium) and Dean Furman (Carlisle, England) have all arrived in the national team camp to link up with the rest of the team ahead of Friday’s AFCON 2021 qualifier against Sao Tome ePrincipe at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
This will be a big boost for Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki who has had a stressful 48 hours since the team reported for camp on Sunday. The first blow was six players (Thibang Phete, Reeve Frosler, Abubakar Mobara, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Andile Jali and Thulani Serero) who were forcefully ruled out of the camp due to medical reasons.
The second blow was one of the key strikers Bradley Grobler pulling out of the team also due to an injury. The arrival of the Europe-based trio will be a big boost to the whole team.
The three players participated in Tuesday afternoon’s training session and speaking to the media after his arrival, Dolly was delighted to have joined the team. “Each and every one of us want to be part of the national team when there’s a camp, not just me, but all the players are looking forward to the game especially after the results at our last camp. We really want to win both games especially because we’re playing here at home,” said Dolly.
“I think for the new players it’s been a bit tough, we lost a few players and had to call new players, but yeah it’s part of football we just need to focus on what we’re good at and what we know the coach wants from us. We first need to focus on Friday’s game and then look forward to Monday’s game,” he concluded.
From the players that were called up only FC Cincinnati midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo and Glasgow Rangers anchor Bongani Zungu have not arrived at camp, but the two are expected to join the team this morning.
Bafana Bafana’s first game will be played on Friday at Moses Mabhida Stadium (21H00) and the second game three days later on Monday at Nelson Mandela Stadium (15H00)
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