Experienced Mamelodi Sundowns defender, Thabo Nthethe, sat out Bafana's training yesterday after experiencing some pain in his ankle as the squad prepare to take on New Zealand tomorrow.
Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund, decided that it would be best Nthethe rest so as to not aggravate the injury.
Ahead of the the clash against Australia on Monday, Nthethe walked out of the first training session and the technical staff did not want to take chances with his ankle yesterday.
Igesund said that even though it doesn’t look bad, he will not risk anything by saying, “It’s not that serious but its better not to take the risk, only to regret when it's worse."
This comes as frustrating news to the technical staff having already made numerous changes to the squad ahead of the tour. Kaizer Chiefs central defender, Eric Matoho, has also pulled out of the squad to attend a family matter.
Coach Gordon Igesund could turn to University of Pretoria defender, Buhle Mkhwanazi, to fill the void.
Mkhwanazi spoke about how he was transformed from being a midfielder to a central defender, and how comfortably he slotted into the position.
“I haven’t been in central defence from the start, it only changed when I left the School of Excellence to join Mamelodi Sundowns. I am happy to return to my best position in central defence and at my club and national team, now they are able to get me to play there,” he revealed.