Bafana Bafana’s new squad for Sao Tao & Principe came with expected changes but a handful of omissions and new calls has done more than enough to cause several shock waves.
While there are a total of 11 decisions made in the new squad Ntseki announced this morning, two of these have been forced by injuries: Thapelo Morena and Kermit Erasmus.
It is worth noting that all the ‘new’ names exclude debut call-ups. Instead, there are returns of former Bafana regulars ending long-running absences.
The new group has seen changes from the goalkeeping department to defence, midfield and attack.
Here’s the total of 11 ins & outs:
- Out: Ricardo Goss (Bidvest Wits), Darren Keet (OH Leuven‚ Belgium)
- In: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Brendon Peterson (Bidvest Wits.
- Out: Thapelo Morena (Sundowns), Thamsanqa Mkhize (CT City)
- In: Reeve Frosler (Chiefs), Thabo Matlaba (Leopards).
- Out: Kamo Mokotjo (Brentford - injured), Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Thato Mokeke (CT City), Mothobi Mvala (H Park), Aubrey Modiba (SuperSport)
- In: Gladwin Shitolo (Arrows), George Maluleka (Chiefs), Tebogo Mokoena(SuperSport), Lebo Manyama (Chiefs), Andile Jali (Sundowns).
- Out: Kermit Erasmus (CT City- injured)
- In: Thabiso Kutumela (Maritzburg).
Ntseki's Bafana will face Sao Tome on Friday 27 March at the FNB Stadium before traveling for the return leg on Tuesday 31 March.