He wasn’t named on the original list of players, but the South African Football Association have confirmed that Kaizer Chiefs’ Reeve Frosler is part of the U23 squad.
Frosler, 21, has started both of the Amakhosi’s league games this season as they got off to a 100% start in the Absa Premiership, and his absence from David Notoane’s squad to face Zimbabwe for a spot in the U23 Africa Cup of Nations raised a few eyebrows.
It has now been explained by SAFA that the right back is indeed part of the squad alongside his teammate, Siyabonga Ngezana, with the two Glamour Boys looking to persuade their coach that they deserve a starting berth next Saturday.
South Africa’s U23s face their Zimbabwean counterparts on September 5 at Milpark Stadium (19h00) in Johannesburg before travelling to Harare for the second leg of the tie at National Sports Stadium on September 8 (15h00).
Notoane and his charges will assemble for camp in Johannesburg on September 1, with the coach having just a few days to get them in shape for the crucial clash.
The winner of this tie will qualify for the U23 AFCON in Egypt in November, with the top three teams from the tournament bagging themselves a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The full squad is as follows -
Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Darren Johnson, Andile Mbanjwa (Richards Bay)
Siyabonga Ngezana (Kaizer Chiefs), Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City), Sandile Mthethwa (Chippa United), Kabelo Seriba (FC Metta, Latvia), Sibusiso Mabiliso (AmaZulu), Bongani Sam (Orlando Pirates), Tercious Malepe (Chippa United), Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs).
Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Athenkosi Dlala (University of Pretoria), Gift Links (Cape Town City), Keletso Makgalwa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kamohelo Mahlatsi (SuperSport United), Grant Margeman (Ajax Cape Town), Jamie Webber (SuperSport United), Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United), Thabo Cele (Cova da Piedade FC, Portugral), Khaya Leshabela (Leicester City, England).
Luther Singh (Moreirense FC, Portugal), Jemondre Dickens (Baroka FC), Lyle Foster (Monaco, France), Liam Jordan (HB Koge FC, Denmark), Kobamelo Kodisang (Sporting Braga, Portugal).