Bafana Bafana: Ntseki names surprising squad for AFCON Qualifiers

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Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki has announced his latest squad for the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana started their AFCON qualifying campaign with a 2-0 defeat away to Ghana before earning a vital 1-0 win at home over Sudan late last year. They now face Sao Tome and Principe in crucial back-to-back qualifiers next month.

The first of the two upcoming qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe will be played in Durban at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 13 November 2020 at 19:00 while the away match will take place three days later on 16 November 2020 at 17:00 (SAST).

Molefi Ntseki names Bafana Bafana squad

Molefi Ntseki has named a well-balanced squad to tackle Sao Tome and Principe next month. Amongst the surprise inclusions were that of veterans Itumeleng Khune and Dean Furman while Rushine De Reuck and Lyle Lakay were rewarded for their fine club form with debut call-ups to Bafana Bafana.

Bongani Zungu, Kamohelo Mokotjo and Bradley Grobler also make a return to Bafana Bafana after being left out of Ntseki’s previous squad that faced Namibia and Zambia in friendlies earlier this month.

Squad in full

  • Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Oud-Haverlee Leuven FC), Ronwen William (Supersport United), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs FC).
  • Defenders: Thibang Phete (Belenenses), Motjeka Madisha (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Orlando Pirates), Lyle Lakay (Mamelodi Sundowns), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Rushine de Reuck (Maritzburg United), Abubaker Mobara (Cape Town City), Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs).
  • Midfielders: Andile Jali (Mamelodi Sundowns), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Serero (Al Jazira), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Bongani Zungu (Rangers), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier), Percy Tau (Anderlecht), Lebohang Manyama (Kaizer Chiefs), Kamohelo Mokotjo (FC Cincinnati), Luther Singh (Sporting Braga), Dean Furman (Carlisle United).
  • Strikers: Kermit Erasmus (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bradley Grobler (Supersport United), Thabiso Kutumela (Maritzburg United).

Bafana Bafana sit in second position in group C of the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers with three points from two games. The group is led by Ghana who have picked up six points from their opening two games while Sudan are level on points with South Africa in third place and Sao Tome and Principe sit in bottom place without registering a point to date.

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