The Banfana Bafana squad that will meet Serbia in a friendly in Pretoria on Wednesday has been announced and Golden Arrows striker finally got his long awaited Bafana Bafana call up.
The announcement was made without Bafana Bafana head coach Joel Santana who is ill with Pneumonia and bronchitis in his home country and is not allowed to travel. Assistant coaches Jairo Leal and Pitso Mosimane on Thursday announced the squad to face Serbia in a friendly international.
The match will take place at the Super Stadium in Atteridgeville on Wednesday, 12 August 2009. Kick-off is 19h00
According to the Premier League website, in announcing the team, the Bafana Bafana technical staff emphasized the need to keep the same team for the match against Serbia. “We don’t have much time to prepare for this match – just two days, so it was important to keep the same base from the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup squad where we had more than one month with the players.
Newstoday noted that top scorer Benjamin Parker is not in the line-up. “We were informed that Parker has an injury. Therefore we could not select him for this match,” assistant coach Jairo Leal said.
Richard Henyekane – only New Player
Richard Henyekane is the only new player that has been selected for the team. “We have been working on the team for three years,” Leal continued explaining why Henyekane deserved an invite. Even though the door is open to new players, “it is not open too much” he added.
Bafana Bafana assemble on Sunday night in Pretoria. They will train on Monday afternoon at the Pilditch Stadium while on Tuesday afternoon they will round off their preparations for the Serbia match at the Super Stadium.
Bafana Bafana Squad
The Selected Bafana Bafana Squad for the Serbia Match:
Baloyi Brian – Mamelodi Sundowns (SA)
Booth Matthew – Mamelodi Sundowns (SA)
Davids Lance Ajax- Cape Town (SA)
Dikgacoi Kagisho – Golden Arrows (SA)
Fernandez Rowen – Bielefeld (SA)
Gaxa Siboniso- Mamelodi Sundowns (SA)
Gould Morgan- Supersport United (SA)
Henyekane Richard – Golden Arrows (SA)
Khumalo Bongani- Supersport United (SA)
Khune Itumeleng – Kaizer Chiefs(SA)
Mashego Katlego – Orlando Pirates (SA)
Masilela Tsepo – Maccabi Haifa (Israel)
Mhlongo Benson - Orlando Pirates (SA)
Modise Teko – Orlando Pirates (SA)
Mokoena Aaron – Portsmouth FC (England)
Moon Bryce – Panathanaikos (Greece)
Mphela Katlego – Mamelodi Sundowns (SA)
Nale Abia – Kaizer Chiefs(SA)
Nkosi Siyabonga - Supersport United (SA)
Pienaar Steven – Everton FC (England)
Sibaya MacBeth – Rubin Kazan (Russia)
Thwala Lucas – Orlando Pirates (SA)
Van Heerden Elrio – Blackburn Rovers (England)
Coach: Joel Santana
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