South Africa’s coach Molefi Ntseki has named his squad for the upcoming AFCON qualifiers this month.
Ntseki has stuck with the essential continuity required for time-constrained business of international football, by naming out-form experienced leaders like Itumeleng Khune and Dean Furman.
As far as honoured in-form players , Ben Motswari, Craig Martin, Sipho Mbule and Ruzaigh Gamildien have been called up – while the omissions of Njabulo Ngcobo and Mduduzi Mdantsane has stirred controversy.
Goalkeepers: Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu FC), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United FC), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs FC)
Defenders: Thibang Phete (OS Belenenses, Portugal), Siyanda Xulu (Haopel Tel Aviv, Israel), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Orlando Pirates), Mosa Lebusa (Sundowns), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Sifiso Hlanti (Swallows), Thapelo Morena (Sundowns), Craig Martin (Cape Town City)
Midfielders: Rivaldo Coetzee (Sundowns), Themba Zwane (Sundowns), Thulani Serero (Al Jazira FC, Abu Dhabi), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Bongani Zungu (Rangers FC, Scotland), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier FC, France), Percy Tau (Brighton and Hove Albion, England), Sipho Mbule (Supersport United), Andile Jali (Sundowns), Luther Singh (Paços de Ferreira,Portugal), Dean Furman (Carlisle United FC, England)
Forwards: Kermit Erasmus (Sundowns FC), Bradley Grobler (Supersport United), Ruzaigh Gamildien (Swallows FC), Lyle Foster (Victoria Guimaraes, Portugal).
Bafana, who are tied on nine points with Ghana in Group C with two games left, will host Ghana on 25 March, before traveling to Sudan for 28 March.