Gordon Igesund Upbeat Despite Depleted Bafana Bafana Squad

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has been forced to make a number of changes to the squad scheduled to play Australia and New Zealand next week.  South Africa takes on the Socceroos on 26 May in Sydney and travel to Auckland for a date with the All Whites on 30 May.  Coach Igesund said while the withdrawals had somehow affected his plans, he was still confident that those selected would do the country proud, “I have put together a big squad of around 34 which is young and excited about playing for the country, so those who I have called as replacements are part of that broader squad.  They are very capable players.  All these players are part of the group that should participate in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches for 2015 in Morocco.  This is an opportunity for those selected to raise their hands and be counted.  They are young and should compete.”

The Bafana Bafana coach said there was little he could do about injuries but added he had confidence in those selected, “It has been a long season for most of these players and there is little I can do about injuries.  Injuries are part of the game of football and there is no one to be blamed for this.”  Bafana Bafana leave for Australia on Thursday.  The squad returns home on 1 June 2014.

BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD LIST

GOALKEEPERS

Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)
Senzo Meyiwa (Orlando Pirates)

DEFENDERS

Thabo Nthethe (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Buhle Mkhwanazi (University of Pretoria)
Thato Mokeke (SuperSport United)
Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk)
Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates)
Eric Matoho (Kaizer Chiefs)

MIDFIELDERS

Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates)
Bongani Zungu(Mamelodi Sundowns)
Themba Zwane (Mpumalanga Black Aces)
Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam)
Thuso Phala (SuperSport United)
Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Ayanda Patosi (FC Lokeren)

STRIKERS

Kermit Erasmus (Orlando Pirates)
Tokelo Rantie (AFC Bournemouth)