Bafana Bafana team Doctor Thulani Ngwenya has revealed that midfielder Bongani Zungu could still be available for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.
Zungu was taken off early in the first half of the 2-0 defeat to Ghana on Thursday at Cape Coast Sports Stadium after spraining his knee.
Ngwenya says a final decision will be made today on whether the Amiens SC of France player will be available tomorrow.
“The pitch was heavy and uneven and it’s not an excuse, but Bongani slipped and we had to rush in,” Ngwenya told the media at the team’s hotel in Rosebank earlier on Saturday.
“When we rushed in, we made a quick assessment and it was excruciating, we took him out we made further assessments and we really tried to say perhaps go back lets try and stabilise it go back and push, but he really couldn’t so he was then a forced substitution (in the first half).
“We have been treating him since then and we are still treating him and he has made a marked improvement. However, we are taking him for a scan today at Morningside clinic that is only when we can make a decision if he is actually fit to be available for selection tomorrow or not so that’s where we are.”
ON THAMSANQA MKHIZE…
“Thamsanqa Mkhize also sustained an ankle injury I think it was in the 78th minute on the same ankle that he has a problem with because the pitch was uneven.
“We had to strap him and give him more medication because we were done with our substitutions, so we had to force him to actually play. So that’s another setback but we are training him, and he has made a marked improvement and we will also make a final determination today at training.”
CLEARING THE AIR ON KAMOHELO MOKOTJO…
“A lot of people have been asking questions as to why was Kamohelo not part of the team, why was Kamohelo not part of the 23.
“After an assessment that we have done as a medical team together with the physical trainer we realised that Kamo has played 6 matches in 3 weeks and he has played 90 minutes in all those matches,” said Ngwenya.
“He travelled and arrived at camp a day before the match and when we assessed him, he was really fatigued so he couldn’t give us 90 minutes or 45 minutes. Then we had to take that medical decision to say perhaps the best decision is to rest him for the game against Ghana so that he is fresher for the game against Sudan.”
By Ofhani Munyai and Tiyani wa ka Mabasa