Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has added some new players to his squad ahead of the Afcon 2021 crucial qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan this week.
Four overseas-based players will not be able to join the national team camp for the Ghana game due to strict Covid19 travel regulations. Bongani Zungu, Thulani Serero, Keagan Dolly and Dean Furman have been forced to miss the Ghana clash, but there are still on going negotiations for them to join the team for the away game in Sudan.
Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Lebohang Maboe and Maritzburg United striker Thabiso Kutumela replace injured the Kermit Erasmus and Bradley Grobler while Thabo Nodada, Vincent Pule and Mothobi Mvala have been added to the squad.
Brighton and Hove Albion striker Percy Tau has arrived in camp after being released by his club. There was doubt about players who are in the United Kingdom, but the coach will be pleased to have the 26-year-old on board.
Portugal-based duo Thibang Phete and Luther Singh are expected to land at 23H00 on Monday evening after flying out from Lisbon on Monday morning. Both players have been playing regularly for their clubs which is a big positive going into the two games.
Ghana, on the other hand, have been dealt a major blow with all their players who play in the English Premier League and Championship not being released by their clubs. The list includes Andrew Ayew, Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey.
South Africa will host Ghana at the FNB Stadium on Thursday evening before facing Sudan away on Sunday.
The first training session will be held on Monday afternoon at the Discovery Park sports grounds (15:30). Ntseki’s troops will then have another session at the same venue on Tuesday morning before starting to train at the match venue from Tuesday evening.
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By Prince Sobayeni