Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has named his 25-man squad to play Sao Tome in back-to-back 2022 AFCON qualifiers.
The first match will be played at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on 13 November 2020 (kick-off 19:00) while the away match will take place three days later (16 November 2020) and kicks off at 17:00 SA time.
Veteran goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune makes his return to the senior men’s national team after recovering from a long lay-off, while Maritzburg United’s enterprising defender Rushine de Reuck has been rewarded for his early season form with a call-up.
Also back in the squad are veteran midfielders Bongani Zungu who has just signed for Scottish giants, Glasgow Rangers as well as FC Cincinnati (USA)’s Kamohelo Mokotjo and Carlisle United’s Dean Furman.
Upfront, Ntseki has added Supersport United’s Bradley Grobler and Thabiso Kutumela of Maritzburg United to the seasoned duo of Percy Tau and Kermit Erasmus.
“The back-to-back Sao Tome games are crucial in our quest to qualify for Cameroon AFCON tournament and I am confident that this blend of youth and experience will do the job,” said Ntseki.
GOALKEEPERS: Darren Keet – Oud Haverlee Leuven FC, Ronwen Williams – Supersport United FC, Itumeleng Khune – Kaizer Chiefs FC.
DEFENDERS: Thibang Phete – OS Belenenses SAD, Motjeka Madisha – Sundowns, Thulani Hlatshwayo – Pirates, Lyle Lakay – Sundowns, Innocent Maela – Pirates, Rushine de Reuck – Maritzburg, Abubaker Mobara – CTC, Reeve Frosler – Chiefs.
MIDFIELDERS: Andile Jali, Themba Zwane – Sundowns, Thulani Serero – Al Jazira, Teboho Mokoena – SS, Bongani Zungu – Rangers, Keagan Dolly – Montpellier, Percy Tau – Anderlecht, Lebohang Manyama- Chiefs, Kamohelo Mokotjo – Cincinnati, Luther Singh – Braga, Dean Furman – Carlisle.
STRIKERS: Kermit Erasmus – Mamelodi Sundowns, Bradley Grobler – Supersport United, Thabiso Kutumela – Maritzburg United.