Coach Baxter makes 14 changes to Bafana squad for 4-Nations Tournament


JOHANNESBURG, March 13 – Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter on Tuesday announced a 26-man squad to participate in a 4-Nations Tournament scheduled for Zambia from 22 – 25 March 2018.

The other three teams featuring in the doubleheader event are hosts Zambia, Angola, and Zimbabwe.

Baxter has made 14 changes to the squad that last played against Senegal in November last year in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

In comes goalkeepers Brendon Peterson and Darren Keet, defenders Reeve Frosler, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Daniel Cardoso, Buhle Mkhwanazi and Innocent Maela; midfielders Siphesihle Ndlovu, Tebogo Mokoena, Aubrey Modiba and Thembinkosi Lorch, as well as strikers Lebo Mothiba and Ryan Moon.

Bafana Bafana has faced all three countries in various competitions and international friendly matches before.

Zambia is the highest ranked country among all four nations – sitting at 15th on the continent and 76th in the world. Hot on their heels is South Africa, who are 16th and 77th respectively.

Zimbabwe and Angola are ranked 25th (105) and 41st (141).

The first match will see the home side playing against Zimbabwe on Thursday, 22 March at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Bafana Bafana will assemble for camp on Sunday and will depart for Zambia two days later on Tuesday.

The SA 26-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Darren Keet (Wits), Brandon Petersen (Ajax Cape Town)

Defenders: Reeve Frosler (Bidvest Wits), Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Daniel Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Sifiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits), Motjeka Madisha (Mamelodi Sundowns), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders: Dean Furman, Teboho Mokoena, Aubrey Modiba (Supersport United), Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siphesihle Ndlovu (Maritzburg United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford FC), Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier), Phakamani Mahlambi (Al Ahly)

Forwards: Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lebo Mothiba (Lille), Ryan Moon (Chiefs)

– African News Agency (ANA)