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Bafana’s Injury Worries

Bafana’s Injury Worries

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107 / / Mar 19, 2013 11:00 AM
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Gordon Igesund recently picked his 23-man squad to take on Central African Republic in Bafana Bafana’s crucial World Cup qualifier on March 23rd, however he does have a few worries in his side.

Igesund’s side needs to take all three points in the Mother City if they are to keep up their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, although a number of the players in the coach’s squad is not yet fully fit.

Defender, Siyabonga Sangweni, was recently ruled out of Orlando Pirates’ trip to Zambia due to the same knee injury that kept him out for several weeks leading up to the Soweto Derby, but was called up the Bafana set up regardless. However, Soccer-Laduma revealed earlier this week that the defender’s situation worsened and he had to pull out, being replaced by Kaizer Chiefs man, Erick Mathoho.

Midfielders, Daylon Claasen and Kagiso Dikgacoi, have also struggled with injuries of late, with Claasen only recently making his comeback from a long-term knee injury, and Dikgacoi nearly missing out on the squad with a hamstring problem.

Finally, up front, Malmo FF forward, Tokelo Rantie, has played just under 45 minutes of football since picking up an ankle injury in Bafana’s African Cup of Nations defeat at the hands of Malawi and the beginning of February.

If you add to this the fact that Morgan Gould, one of the other two centre backs selected alongside Sangweni, has only recently returned from an Achilles injury, there is only youngster Siyanda Xulu, and the inexperienced Thabo Nthethe, who are fully fit centre halves.

Soccer-Laduma also revealed over the weekend that Gould’s Kaizer Chiefs colleague, Tsepo Masilela, had been withdrawn from the squad and replaced by Tebogo Langerman, meaning that there are just six defenders in the squad.

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breeze204 Level 1
I hope that Gordon will play an attacking formation like a 4-3-3 as we are playing home..., I do not forsee any problem here Masilela out Matlaba starts, Sangeni out Mathoho starts...., Furman is there so KG is just there to make sure that Furman is ready with everything so no need for Jali.., U've got Manyisa who we know what he is capable of if needs be.

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mathebula268 Level 1
s jali better than furman in that position?

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Tiisetso_m Level 1
So sangweni was forced to play with an injury?

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rubulus Level 3
go bafana

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Trevy Level 1
In Afcon Gordon selected several unfit and injured players. At some point, his squad selection so soooooo atrocious, he had about 7 players injured as if we have a shortage of talent in the country. Gordon is all talk and little positive results. 4 games, 1 win. Haisuka

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De-C-roba Level 1
My fellow south africans,let us pls pray 4 nt losing by de big margin

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TheBIGdon Level 2
No we dont have a prblm in midfield , we have a prblm in defence. Dnt col jali pls. We dnt nid midfielders, we need defenders.

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Mafoja Level 1
Am geting sick n tired of dis so called coach Gordon, how can he risk so much with a national team? We do have great players in our country...da likes of Andile Jali, Teko Modise, katlego Mashego bt he decided to go with injered players. Does our comments do makes an impact mara? Mxm bored

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VIPER Level 3
I would really wish that G Igasende may AJ 15 "THE LION KING" so that he can show him the middle finger. Bloody useless coach

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Nomnganga Level 1
plz call jali coach

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DatBoiSeez Level 3
As long as it has to do with BB I dnt give a fcuk

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Siceloh Level 1
Id rather select ntshumayelo dan diz goat jali... Diz ratz played sangweni injured against chiefs.. Gordon is 100% rite, watz da use of chop and changing players, GI is building a team here, its nt nedbank ke yona trials, jali must go there so he cn play with da nedbank winners(da unbeatable kaizer chiefs?

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Siceloh Level 1
Lol ay diz ratz. Who must make way for jali? manyisa or furman?

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RazorSHARP Level 1
Maybe Rodger De Sa can coach BB better than GI

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Raeeze Level 1
@ sangoma2 who's de rite coach dat can take us where u prefer .....aggghh

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