Orlando Pirates midfielder Vincent Pule is one of several new players added to a revised Bafana Bafana squad ahead of the international break.
Bafana play Sao Tome e Principe in back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2021 qualifiers in mid-November.
Five players added to Bafana squad
Having named his squad for the two matches, coach Molefi Ntseki has had to let go of a few players from the camp due to “medical reasons”.
Called up in place of the released players was Pule, who has begun the 2020/21 season on a flyer for the Buccaneers, along with the Mamelodi Sundowns duo of Thapelo Morena and Mosa Lebusa.
Others joining the camp are Bloemfontein Celtic’s Tshepo Rikhotso, as well as Thabo Nodada of Cape Town City.
Musa Lebusa, Vincent Pule, Thapelo Morena, Tshepo Rikhotso and Thabo Nodada have been drafted into the Bafana Bafana squad to play Sao Tome.
Kick off 21h00 and live on SABC
— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) November 9, 2020
They come in in place of Thamsanqa Mkhize, Abubaker Mobara, Thibang Phete, Thulani Serero, Reeve Frosler and Andile Jali.
Mkhize and Mobara were both confirmed by their club, Cape Town City, to have contracted COVID-19, while Frosler limped off Kaizer Chiefs cup clash against Pirates with a knee injury.
Thibang Phete, Thulani Serero, Andile Jali, Reeve Frosler, Thami Mkhize & Abubakar Mobara are all out of the team to play Sao Tome on Friday and Monday due to medical reasons.
— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) November 8, 2020
Bafana Bafana face Sao Tome on Friday at 21:00 (SAST), before the two sides square off once more on Monday.
- Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Oud-Haverlee Leuven FC), Ronwen William (Supersport United), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs FC).
- Defenders: Thapelo Morena , Motjeka Madisha ( both Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Orlando Pirates), Mosa Lebusa, Lyle Lakay ( both Mamelodi Sundowns), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Tshepo Rikhotso (Bloemfontein Celtic), Rushine de Reuck (Maritzburg United).
- Midfielders: Thabo Nodada (Cape Town City), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates), 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).