Mothobi Mvala of Highlands Park has been called up to take the place of the injured Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu.
The Amiens FC star is the third player to be withdrawn from the squad due to injury after both goalkeeper Brandon Petersen and defender Thamsanqa Mkhize were replaced by Ricardo Goss of Bidvest Wits and Tshepo Rikhotso of Bloemfontein Celtic.
All the 23 players have reported for national team duty including Belgium-based Percy Tau and Kamohelo Mokotjo who plays his club football in England.
Mvala has already joined his compatriots in camp in Port Elizabeth as he arrived on Tuesday night.
The midfield workhorse will be part of the training squad this afternoon where Bafana Bafana will have a session open to the public – taking place at the Wolfson Stadium in KwaZakhele at 15h00.
Bafana Bafana take on Mali in the 2019 Nelson Mandela Challenge scheduled for Sunday.
The clash will take place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Kickoff is at 15h00.
Bafana’s updated squad…
Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (OH-Leuven, Belgium), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Richard Goss (Bidvest Wits).
Defenders: Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi (both Wits), Thapelo Morena, Mosa Lebusa (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Tshepo Rikhotso (Bloemfontein Celtic).
Midfielders: Kamo Mokotjo (Brentford, England), Lebohang Phiri (Guingamp, France), Mothobi Mvala (Highlands Park), Dean Furman (SuperSport), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier, France), Thulani Serero (Al Jazira, UAE), Thato Mokeke (CT City)., Themba Zwane (Sundowns), Thembinkosi Lorch (Pirates)
Forwards: Percy Tau (Club Brugge, Belgium), Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg, France), Bradley Grobler (SuperSport), Kermit Erasmus (CT City).