Coach Molefi Ntseki’s debut has come with the long return of four players such as Keagan Dolly.
Bafana Bafana take on the Eagles of Mali this afternoon in a 25th Nelson Mandela Challenge game. The annual event began back in 1994 against Zambia in a 2-1 win.
Other high profile guests have included Argentina (1-1 in 1995), Brazil (3-2 loss in 1996) and France goalless in 2000).
This afternoon’s game has extra purpose. Ntseki is testing his side ahead of the key AFCON 2021 qualifier against Ghana next month.
Stuart Baxter’s former assistant has made four changes from his predecessor’s selection. Eric Mathoho is in for Buhle Mkhwanazi in heart of defence. At right-back is Thapelo Morena in for the injured Thamsanqa Mkhize.
The attack sees three changes: Thulani Serero for Bongani Zungu (injured), Keagan Dolly for Percy Tau (injured) and Bradley Grobler for Lebo Mothiba (injured).
Full line up:
- Bafana: Williams (GK), Morena, Mathoho, Hlatshwayo (c), Maela, Mokotjo, Furman, Serero, Lorch, Dolly, Grobler.
- Subs: Keet (GK), Goss (GK), Mkhwanazi, Rikhotso, Lebusa, Mokeke, Phiri, Mvala, Zwane, Erasmus.
Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is the venue and 15:00 is the kick-off time.