Bafana Squad To Face Zambia
05 November 2012
The South African Football Association (SAFA) held a press conference on Monday, November 5, at SAFA House in Nasrec, Johannesburg, where coach Gordon Igesund named his Bafana Bafana squad for the upcoming international friendly against Zambia.
The South African national team will host the defending African Cup of Nations at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday, November 14, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge. It will be Igesund’s fifth game at the helm of Bafana, with his record currently standing at two wins and two loses.
Igesund, a four time PSL winning coach, took over from coach Pitso Mosimane earlier this year and is looking at rebuilding the squad for the upcoming 2013 Afcon, which will be hosted in South Africa.
Following losses to Brazil and Poland, and wins against Kenya and Mozambique, Igesund’s squad is beginning to take shape and the picture is looking a lot clearer in the Bafana setup.
The national squad selection is showing more consistency in the coach’s progression on the bench, with indications that the squad is coming together as a team.
Igesund and his technical team have selected a 24-man squad for the international friendly, with some notable changes, including re-calls for Moroka Swallows’ Katlego Mashego and Golden Arrows’ Thanduyise Khuboni. The coach explained that his squad is 75% to 80% complete and that their could be a few changes ahead of next year’s Afcon.
Igesund’s 24-man Bafana squad list:
Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)
Darren Keet (K.V. Kortrijk) (Belgium)
Anele Ngcongca (Racing Club Genk) (Belgium)
Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates)
Bongani Khumalo (PAOK) (Greece) - captain
Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United)
Ricardo Nunes (MSK Zilina) (Slovakia)
Punch Masenamela (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic)
Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic) (England)
Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows)
Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs)
Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows)
Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) (England)
Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates)
Thuso Phala (Platinum Stars)
Sifiso Myeni (Orlando Pirates)
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs)
Delron Buckley (Maritzburg United)
Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs)
Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows)
Tokelo Rantie (Malmo FF) (Sweden)
Kermit Erasmus (SuperSport United)