With Bafana Bafana head coach, Shakes Mashaba, having named his 26-man squad to face Congo Brazzaville for the 2015 Afcon qualifiers, Soccer Laduma takes a look at the six new additions to the squad.
As expected, the goalkeeping department remains unchanged as Itumeleng Khune is still on the side-lines following his ankle injury.
One of two new additions to the defence is Kaizer Chiefs’ Tefu Mashamaite, who has featured in all 10 of the team’s opening matches and scored the only goal of the match to hand Amakhosi the MTN8 trophy over their Soweto rivals, Orlando Pirates, last Saturday.
Maritzburg United’s Kwanda Mngonyama is the other addition named by Mashaba, who started five out of the opening six PSL matches and managed to get on the score sheet twice. Making way is Bidvest Wits defender Buhle Mkhwanazi as Mashaba looked to choose more inform dfenders.
The only midfielder to be left out from the previous squad is Kamohelo Mokotjo from FC Twente in Holland, with Mashaba labelling him as ‘heavy and sluggish’.
Taking his place in the squad are two shock omissions from the previously selected squad in the form of Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Thulani Serero. Both players have been in scintillating form for their clubs of late, making their inclusion in the team a must.
The red-hot Kermit Erasmus was selected this time around by Mashaba for his contribution to Orlando Pirates’ excellent start to the 2014/15 PSL season. Erasmus started all 10 of Bucs’ matches so far and scored five goals.
Debutant Fagrie Lakay from Santos in the National First Division, will be in the Bafana squad for the first due to his good form for Amajita recently.
All of the reserves from the last Bafana squad have been left out this time around which included the likes of George Lebese, Nhlakanipho Ntuli, Ronwen Williams and Bongani Zungu.
Full Bafana squad:
Goalkeepers: Senzo Meyiwa, Darren Keet, Dumisani Msibi.
Defenders: Anele Ngcongca, Ayabulela Magqwaka, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Thabo Matlaba, Sibusiso Khumalo, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Rivaldo Coetzee, Kwanda Mngonyama, Tefu Mashamaite.
Midfielders: Andile Jali, Dean Furman, Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Oupa Manyisa, Mandla Masango, Keagan Dolly, Thulani Serero, Reneilwe Letsholonyane.
Strikers: Bongani Ndulula, Tokelo Rantie, David Zulu, Kermit Erasmus, Fagrie Lakay.
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