Bafana squad named

Thursday, August 5, 2010
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Johannesburg - Bafana head coach, Pitso Mosimane, has retained most of the players who squared up in the FIFA World Cup - to face Ghana in an international friendly on 11 August at Soccer City.

The recently appointed coach however added in Supersport United defender, Morgan Gould, Bevan Fransman and Innocent Mdledle of Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates midfielder, Daine Klate and Kaizer Chiefs striker S'thembiso Ngcobo.

Fransman, Mdledle, Klate and Gould were part of the preliminary World Cup team.

The showdown against the World Cup quarter-finalists will be Mosimane's first match in charge of Bafana since his appointment on15 July.

Announcing the team on Thursday, the coach said it was a reflection of his 2014 vision and a principle of continuity.

"Since my appointment 22-days ago, there has not been enough time for changes, be it in the playing squad or the support staff.

"We have some players who missed out on the World Cup, but have rejoined the squad while others have lost out due to injury," he said.

Mosimane, who urged South Africans to continue supporting the national team, said he hoped to see patriotism and commitment from the players to show that they want to play for the country.

The coach said he was not anticipating any problems relating to late arrival of the players at the camp, training pitch and accommodation for the players since the team's interim manager, Barney Kujane have sorted out all the logistics.

The former Supersport United coach said the match against the Black Stars of Ghana will be a "baptism of fire for him".

Mosimane said he will use the match to prepare his team for the 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Niger at Mbombela stadium on 5 September.

Bafana squad goal keepers are Itumeleng Khune, Moneeb Josephs, defenders Morgan Gould, Siboniso Gaxa, Bevan Fransman, Tsepo Masilela, Aaron Mokoena, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Sangweni and Innocent Mdledle.

Taking on the midfield will be Daine Klate, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Teko Modise, Surprise Moriri, Steven Pienaar, Thanduyise Kuboni, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Macbeth Sibaya, and Kagisho Dikgacoi.

Katlego Mphela, Bernard Parker and S'thembiso Ngcobo will be the strikers that Ghana needs to look out for.

However, Mosimane refused to talk about the exclusion of Benni McCarthy, as well as the inclusion of the ageing Bafana midfielder, Macbeth Sibaya on his team to face Ghana.

Mosimane dropped Mamelodi Sundowns lanky defender, Mathew Booth and Moroka Swallows veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe, while Bongani Khumalo who performed well during the World Cup, was left out due to an injury.

South African Football Association (Safa) communications manager, Morio Sanyane urged soccer fans to arrive early at the stadium. Gates will open at 18:00.
Match tickets cost R100 and are available at Computicket and Shoprite stores.

Safa CEO, Leslie Sedibe said match ticket holders will ride Metrorail trains free to the soccer match from their respective areas.

On 17 November, Bafana will play the Mandela Challenge.

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