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Bafana coach announces strong squad to face Swaziland

Written By Themba Khumalo on Monday, November 4, 2013 | Monday, November 04, 2013

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has announced a strong 24-man squad to face Swaziland in an international friendly match on 15 November at the National Stadium in the Swazi capital of Mbabane.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 20h30.

All the players selected for this encounter are local-based as this is part of the preparations for the upcoming CAF CHAN tournament that begins in January next year.

“This is the first game that we will play in preparation for the CHAN tournament and its very important for us to get the rhythm going in the team, because these are some of the players that will play in that event. It is as very formidable team and we have a pool of about 38 players who are all fighting to make the final 23 players for the tournament, so is it is very exciting and the match against Swaziland will be a good test for us,” said Igesund.

“It is also good to have all the Orlando Pirates players available after missing out due to CAF commitments.”

The squad assembles on Monday, 11 November before departing for Swaziland the next morning (Tuesday, 12 November).

Bafana Bafana return to South Africa on Saturday, 16 November to prepare for a friendly match against World and European Champions Spain.

The match against Spain takes place at FNB Stadium on Tuesday, 19 November.

That match kicks off at 21h00.

Bafana Bafana Squad:

Goalkeepers: Senzo Meyiwa, Ronwen Williams

Defenders: Thabo Nthethe, Tsepo Gumede, Tefu Mashamaite, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Rooi Mahamutsa, Tsepo Masilela, Thabo Matlaba, Happy Jele

Midfielders: Andile Jali, Hlompho Kekana, Oupa Manyisa, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Lerato Chabangu, Daine Klate, Thuso Phala, Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Strikers: Lennox Bacela, Bernard Parker, Kermit Erasmus, Edward Manqele

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