Tuesday Oct 27, 2020. 09:00
Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki has announced his squad for next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers versus São Tomé and Príncipe.
South Africa face the island nation in back-to-back fixtures in November, as they aim to book their spot at the 2022 tournament which was postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ghana currently lead Group C after two rounds of fixtures. South Africa lost 2-0 away to the Black Stars in November last year before beating Sudan 1-0 at Orlando Stadium.
Ntseki has recalled Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune despite a difficult outing on the opening weekend of the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season for the veteran shot-stopper. Khune, 33, made key errors and also conceded a penalty in a 3-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Midfield quartet Dean Furman, Bongani Zungu, Kamohelo Mokotjo and Thulani Serero have also been recalled, as has SuperSport United’s Bradley Grobler following a run of three goals in his opening two games of the season.
There was also a first call-up for Maritzburg United defender Rushine de Reuck who was named as the 2019/20 Absa Premiership Defender of the Season last week.
Bafana Bafana squad:
Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Oud-Heverlee Leuven FC, Belgium), Ronwen William (Supersport United FC), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs FC)
Defenders: Thibang Phete (Belenenses, Portugal), Motjeka Madisha (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Orlando Pirates), Lyle Lakay (Mamelodi Sundowns), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Rushine de Reuck (Maritzburg United), Abbubaker 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)