Bafana Bafana midfielder Thulani Serero has been declared fit to train and travel with the team. South Africa faces Mauritania on Saturday, 5 September in Nouakchott, Mauritania in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017 qualifier. Serero was called up for national team duty and his club had said he was recovering from an injury – the Bafana Bafana medical team assessed him this morning and found him ready to be part of the squad.
He trained with his compatriots, completed the session and showed no signs of pain. The session was moved to Sturrock grounds at Wits after the UJ grounds were found to be waterlogged. SA team doctor Thulani Ngwenya says: ‘Serero is fine, pain free and was able to complete the training session so we are happy with the results. He is ready to travel with the team. He had an ankle injury which he was recovering from hence the team sent us the scan and the report that had an injury, but he is good to go after we checked him ‘
Serero arrived in camp on Tuesday night alongside Germany-based Daylon Claasen, bringing the number of players in camp to 24. Only Kaizer Chiefs left back Tsepo Masilela hasn’t reported for national team duty after his club informed Bafana Bafana that he was injured. Dr Ngwenya says: ‘We had requested that he also come in for medical assessment, just like Serero, but the status quo with Masilela remains the same from yesterday – he has not yet arrived in camp and the issue has been reported to the Association so they can deal with it administratively because it is now out of our hands. And that’s where we are at the moment.’
Mzikayise Mashaba did not finish the session after he was injured at training on his ankle, but he should be fit for the match. Eric Mathoho, who sat out training on Tuesday as a precaution after he complained of pains on his foot, was back at training and showed no signs of discomfort. Meanwhile Bafana Bafana have called off the Wednesday afternoon training session to give the players a bit of rest ahead of the trip to Mauritania.
The squad leaves on Thursday, 3 September on a 13:00 flight. They will have their last training session on Friday at the match venue in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Bafana Bafana are expected back in the country on Sunday, 6 September at 06:00.
They will then start preparations for the 2015 Nelson Mandela Challenge clash against Senegal which takes place on Tuesday, 8 September at Orlando Stadium. Kick-off is at 19:00.