Following the withdrawal of Belgium-based striker Kurt Abrahams from the Bafana Bafana squad, Bafana coach Molefi Nseki was forced to make an immediate replacement for the 23-year-old.
He was withdrawn due to his club KV Westerlo deciding against releasing him because some players in their squad testing positive for Covid-19.
Vitoria Guimaraes striker Lyle Foster was named as the replacement for the Cape Town-born attacker and the 20-year-old landed on Tuesday night to join the squad in Rustenburg ahead of the two crucial friendlies at Royal Bafokeng against Namibia and Zambia in the next coming days.
The coach was also forced to make another change when SuperSport United midfielder Sipho Mbule had to withdraw from the squad, with Amazulu midfielder Siyethemba Sithebe called up as the attacking midfielder’s replacement in camp.
Sithebe arrived on time to join up with the rest of the team before they travelled to Rustenburg on Tuesday.
Ntseki had his first training camp on Tuesday afternoon with all players on board with the exception of overseas-based duo of Percy Tau and Foster who arrived on Tuesday. The coach now has a full house.
Here is the schedule for the national team:
SOUTH AFRICA vs NAMIBIA
Thursday 8 October, Royal Bafokeng Stadium, 19:00 PM
SOUTH AFRICA vs ZAMBIA
Sunday 11 October, Royal Bafokeng Stadium, 15:00 PM
By Prince Sobayeni