Mashaba Announces Bafana Squad

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has announced the squad to travel to Central America for two friendly international matches next month against Costa Rica on Thursday, 8 October at Boltodano Bricenio Stadium in Liberia and Honduras at Metropolitano Stadium on Tuesday, 13 October.  The Costa Rica match will kick off at 04:00 SA time on Friday, 9 October while the one in Honduras will kick off at midnight in South Africa.  Central America is eight hours behind South Africa.

Mashaba says:  ‘This is the first time I will be leading this squad out of Africa and it is an exciting prospect.  The main idea is to try and gauge our level of performance.  Also I think it’s a good experience for us to play teams ranked above us like Costa Rica because to continue improving our rankings, we must play and beat the best.’  This will be Bafana Bafana’s first ever meeting with Honduras while they have played Costa Rica once – in the Nelson Mandela Challenge clash on the 11th of October in 2003 at Olen Park Stadium in Potchefstroom.  South Africa won 2-1, courtesy of second half goals from Siyabonga Nomvete and Patrick Mayo.

That was also the last game Mashaba was in charge of the national team in his earlier stint.  He says:  ‘If you look back then at the Costa Rica team, you will see they had a very strong team and it was not a fluke that we beat them.  It is good that we are playing them again and see how both teams have progressed so far.  I know for a fact they are much better and stronger; they are no longer the same team that we beat then; so it will be tough.  But I have confidence we will do well because our boys can also put up a very good fight.  We will do our best to go there and get victories.  We want to take the Senegal outcome forward and try to win all the games going forward.  But we have to be realistic and acknowledge that along the line we will encounter turbulence – win some and lose some, but our intention is to win all our games.’  Bafana Bafana assemble for camp on Sunday, 4 October in Johannesburg and depart for Central America the next day (Monday, 5 October).

They return to South Africa on Thursday, 15 October – two days later they face Angola in the first of four matches of the 2016 CHAN as well as 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.  The squad to play the CHAN qualifiers will be announced in the next few days.  Mashaba says:  ‘I would like to appeal to the nation to rally behind the team.  We know that sometimes it hurts to lose but we are rectifying that and bring positive results.’  The Bafana Bafana squad is as follows:

NO.

PLAYER’S NAME

CLUB

GOALKEEPERS:

1.

Jackson MABOKGWANE

Mpumalanga Aces FC (SA)

2.

Itumeleng KHUNE

Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

3.

Ronwen WILLIAMS

SuperSport United FC (SA)

 DEFENDERS:

 

4.

Anele NGCONGCA

Troyes FC (France)

5.

Thabo MATLABA

Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

6.

Mzikayise MASHABA

Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

7.

Erick MATHOHO

Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

8.

Clayton DANIELS

SuperSport United FC (SA)

9.

Rivaldo COETZEE

Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)

10.

Thulani HLATSHWAYO

Bidvest Wits FC (SA)

11.

Siyabonga NHLAPO

Bidvest Wits FC (SA)

MIDFIELDERS:

12.

Andile JALI

KV Oostende FC (BEL)

13.

Dean FURMAN

SuperSport United FC (SA)

14.

Bongani ZUNGU

Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

15.

Oupa MANYISA

Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

16.

Jabulani SHONGWE

Bidvest Wits FC (SA)

17.

George LEBESE

Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

18.

Mpho MAKOLA

Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

19.

Ayanda PATOSI

Lokeren FC (BEL)

20.

Mandla MASANGO

Randers FC (Denmark)

STRIKERS

21.

Sibusiso VILAKAZI

Bidvest Wits FC (SA)

22.

Thulani SERERO

Ajax Amsterdam (NED)

23.

Prince NXUMALO

Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)

24.

Tokelo RANTIE

AFC Bournemouth (ENG)

25.

Thamsanqa GABUZA

Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

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