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Bafana Announce Starting XI To Face Ghana

2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

Teams: South Africa v Ghana

Date: 25 March 2021

Venue: FNB Stadium

Bafana Bafana will be eyeing maximum points against Ghana when the two sides clash in the penultimate 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Thursday evening.

The match will get underway at 18h00.

Bafana increased their chances of qualifying with back-to-back victories over Sao Tome and Principe in November last year to move second in the group.

Molefi Ntseki's charges are tied with leaders Ghana on nine points and third-placed Sudan in Group C but are second on the mini-log as the Black Stars have the edge on the head-to-head rule after beating Bafana 2-0 in the opening match.

Ghana also have a slight edge also over Sudan on goal difference after each side registered home victories in their back-to-back matches in November, with a 2-0 win by the Black Stars on home soil followed by a shock 1-0 loss away.

Victory for Bafana will edge the side closer to a spot in the 2022 tournament while Ghana will officially qualify if they get another win over South Africa.

Bafana will be without Bongani Zungu, Dean Furman, Keagan Dolly and Thulani Serero, who were all called-up but had to be withdrawn due to Covid-19 travel restrictions but talisman Percy Tau has travelled to his home country, although he is likely to undergo a ten-day quarantine period upon his return in England before rejoining his teammates at Brighton and Hove Albion.

A number of Ghana international players, including Andre Ayew (Swansea City), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) and Thomas Partey (Arsenal) were left out of this tie and will only be available for the Black Stars in their final home match against Sao Tome and Principe.

Here's how they line up:

Bafana: Williams, Hlatshwayo, Xulu, Maela, Hlanti, Coetzee, Jali, Morena, Zwane, Tau, Gamildien

Subs: Khune, Lebusa, Phete, Martin, Pule, Nodada, Mbule, Motshwari, Monare, Foster, Singh, Maboe

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