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Pirates Forward Lands Bafana Call

Orlando Pirates forward, Thabiso Kutumela, as well as Chippa United’s Diamond Thopola, have been called up to the Bafana Bafana team.

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Shakes Mashaba was forced to make two changes to his 25-man squad after the withdrawal of Prince Nxumalo due to a hamstring injury and Rivaldo Coetzee, who has chicken pox, and has now made his decision on their replacements.

Kutumela, who was part of the U23 side that went to the Olympic Games in Brazil, is already in Mpumalanga with the team, while Thopola, who receives his second call up, is set to arrive with Andile Jali and Tokelo Rantie at some stage today.

In a press release about the selected squads, Mashaba said, “Our mandate when we took over we said we are building a side for 2022. The team that went to the Olympics, won the COSAFA Cup in Namibia, and I was in charge of that team, assisted by the coach of the U23s and U20s, so we are on that mission. We will see all these players, even the U17s and we are also earmarking some of the boys who were playing in the U19 tournament in Durban recently.

“We will try and use all the players in this camp for the matches against Mauritania and Egypt as we want all of them to get some action.”

Bafana play their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritania on Friday night before facing Egypt in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on 6 September.


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