SA interim coach Da Gama to give many players a chance

SA interim coach Da Gama to give many players a chance
Thabo Senong and Owen Da Gama

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Mar 10, 2017. 15:00

Stand-in South Africa head coach Owen Da Gama has announced a 25-man squad that will face Guinea-Bissau and Angola in international friendly matches.

The first encounter will feature Bafana and Guinea-Bissau at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday, March 25. Kick-off will be at 15h00 (CAT).

Bafana will then face Angola in the second game which be played on Tuesday, March 28, but the venue for the game is yet to be confirmed.

Kaizer Chiefs defender Lorenzo Gordinho, Bidvest Wits forward Phakamani Mahlambi and SC Braga forward Luther Singh have been called up to the senior national team for the first time.

"It is important to give as many players a chance as possible," Da Gama told SAFA.net.

"The national team hasn’t been active since November in 2016 – that’s a six month break – so our mission is to prepare a team that will tackle the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFCON qualfiers.

"We want to assemble the best possible squad and create a healthy, competitive spirit within the team."

Full 25-man squad:

Goalkeepers:
Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)
Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits)
Shu-Aib Walters (Cape Town City)

Defenders:
Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs)
Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town)
Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits)
Lorenzo Gordinho (Kaizer Chiefs)
Diamond Thopola (Chippa United)
Tebogo Langerman (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs)


Midfielders:
Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns),
Thabo Mnyamane (SuperSport United)
Keagan Dolly (Montpellier, France)
Andile Jali (KV Oostende, Belgium)
Kamohelo Mokotjo (FC Twente, Netherlands)
Tiyani Mabunda (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Dean Furman (SuperSport United)
Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Forwards:

Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City)
Phakamani Mahlambi (Bidvest Wits)
Lars Veldwijk (KV Kortrijk, Belgium), Kermit Erasmus RC Lens, France)
Luther Singh (Sporting Braga, Portugal)



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