Tue, 01 Dec 2020

Bafana Bafana started preparations for the international friendly match against Namibia at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg scheduled for Thursday, 8 October.

This match kicks off at 19:00.

The men's senior national team will have another game three days later on Sunday, 11 October at the same venue against Zambia.

Head coach Molefi Ntseki will use this FIFA window to prepare his charges for the important back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe next month.

South Africa will play Sao Tome and Principe on Thursday, 12 November at FNB Stadium and travel away for the return game four days later on Monday, 16 November.

Meanwhile, most of the players reported for camp on Sunday and Monday while Europe-based Percy Tau, Keagan Dolly and Luther Singh landed in South Africa on Monday.

Coach Ntseki has been forced to make a few changes, replacing Kurt Abrahams with AmaZulu sensation Sinethemba Sithebe while Sipho Mbule has been replaced by SA U23 Olympic forward Lyle Foster, who is scheduled to arrive in the country on Tuesday morning.

Ntseki said the unexpected and continuous heavy showers meant that the scheduled training session meant for Monday was called off.

"Unfortunately, due to persistent heavy rains and hailstorm this afternoon (Monday afternoon) we did not get to have our first training session," Ntseki told SAFA's official website.

"We will be driving up to Rustenburg tomorrow morning and get straight into training ahead of these two crucial friendlies in preparation for our 2021 Cameroon AFCON qualifiers in November."

UPDATED BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD:

Goalkeepers

Darren Keet (Oud-Haverlee Leuven FC (Belgium), Ronwen Williams (Supersport United), Ricardo Goss (Mamelodi Sundowns).

Defenders

Thibang Phete (OS Belenenses SAD (Portugal), Motjeka Madisha (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Orlando Pirates), Sifiso Hlanti, Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Abubaker Mobara (Cape Town City), Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs)

Midfielders

Andile Jali, Mothobi Mvala, Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thabo Nodada (Cape Town City), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Gladwin Shitolo (Golden Arrows), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier, France), Percy Tau (Anderlecht, Belgium), Thabiso Kutumela (Maritzburg United), Lyle Forster (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal), Luther Singh (Braga FC, Portugal)

Forwards

Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City), Sinethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu), Lebohang Manyama (Kaizer Chiefs).

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