Mashaba names team for Congo match

BAFANA Bafana head coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has announced a squad of 26 players for the upcoming ORANGE Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2015 qualifiers against Congo (Brazzaville), retaining the bulk of the team that successfully did duty against Sudan and Nigeria recently.

South Africa travel to Pointe Noire where they will play against Congo on October 11, and again meet the same team on Wednesday, October 15 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane (8.05pm kick off).

”We needed back-up in some positions due to the unavailability of some players, but it is more or less the same team that played Sudan and Nigeria – it’s a question of if it ain’t broken why fix it?

“We are looking forward to the two matches and it will be important to do well away but there is no pressure, we take one match at a time. The good thing is that we play them in our backyard almost immediately after the first match and we don’t have to wait for weeks to get it out of the way,” said Mashaba.

The Bafana Bafana mentor is aware of the threat that is posed by Congo who defeated both Nigeria and Sudan in the first two matches and lead the Group at this early stage.

Congo has six points, followed by Bafana Bafana with four points. Nigeria is third with one point while Sudan still has to collect points.

“It’s going to be a tough match no doubt about it. I saw the way they played against Nigeria; they are a good side. It is crucial for us to try and win these two matches – away and at home – and we should almost be near qualification if we achieve that.

“But Congo is on form and they will not want to give away their top spot easily, so we have to fight to swop places. So we can’t take them for granted as they can be very dangerous,” added Mashaba.

Bafana Bafana assemble for camp on Sunday, 5 October in Johannesburg, then move to the Rustenburg at the Royal Marang Sports Complex.

South Africa departs for Congo on Thursday, 9 October and on their return, fly directly to Polokwane on Sunday, 12 October.

 

BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD VS CONGO AWAY AND HOME

October 5 – 16


NO.

PLAYER’S NAME

CLUB

GOALKEEPERS:

1.

Senzo MEYIWA

Orlando Pirates  FC (SA)

2.

Daren KEET

KV Kortrijk FC (Belgium)

3.

Dumisani MSIBI

Supersport United FC (SA)

 

DEFENDERS:

4.

Anele NGCONGCA

Racing Genk FC (Belgium)

5.

Ayabulela MAGQWAKA

Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)

6.

Sibusiso KHUMALO

Supersport United FC (SA)

7.

Thulani HLATSHWAYO

Bidvest Wits FC (SA)

8.

Erick MATHOHO

Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

9.

Thabo MATLABA

Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

10.

Rivaldo COETZEE

Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)

11.

Kwanda MNGONYAMA

Maritzburg United FC (SA)

12.

Tefu MASHAMAITE

Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

MIDFIELDERS:

13.

Themba ZWANE

Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

14.

Sibusiso VILAKAZI

Bidvest Wits FC (SA)

15.

Oupa MANYISA

Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

16.

Andile JALI

 KV Oostende FC (Belgium)

17.

Dean FURMAN

Doncaster Rovers FC (England)

18.

Mandla MASANGO

Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

19.

Keagan DOLLY

Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)

20.

Thulani SERERO

Ajax Amsterdam FC (Netherlands)

21.

Reneilwe LETSHOLONYANE

Kaizer Chiefs FC  (SA)

 

 

STRIKERS:

22.

Bongani NDULULA

Amazulu FC (SA)

23.

Tokelo RANTIE

AFC Bournemouth FC (ENG)

24.

David ZULU

Chippa United FC (SA)

25.

Kermit ERASMUS

Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

26.

Fagrie LAKAY

Santos FC (SA)

         

 

 

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