Interim Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has announced a squad of 23 players to face Zambia

Interim Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has announced a squad of 23 players to face Zambia in an international friendly match next month.

He has made nine changes to the squad that participated in the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt in June.

He has brought in goalkeeper Brandon Petersen (Bidvest Wits); defenders Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Thato Mokeke (Cape Town City), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns); midfielders Rivaldo Coetzee (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lebohang Phiri (Guingamp FC – France), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier FC – France) as well as forwards Bradley Grobler (Supersport United) and Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City).

This will be Ntseki’s first match in charge following the resignation of head coach Stuart Baxter after the AFCON tournament in which Bafana Bafana reached the quarter-finals.

The clash, scheduled for Saturday, (Kick off 15h00) 7 September at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium, is to prepare South Africa for the upcoming back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan to be played in November.

Bafana Bafana and Chipolopolo will be meeting for the 22nd time since 1992 – and the Zambians are by far South Africa’s most regular opponents, followed by Nigeria and Botswana with 15 clashes each.

Ntseki’s charges have mastered six wins and lost seven games, with eight matches drawn against Zambia.

The last meeting was in March last year, a Four Nations Cup final won 2-0 by South Africa in Ndola under Baxter.

The squad assembles on Sunday, 1 September in Johannesburg and departs for Zambia on Thursday 5 September.

Bafana Bafana return to South Africa the day after the match (Sunday, 8 September).

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (OH Leuven FC, Belgium), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Brandon Petersen (Bidvest Wits).

Defenders: Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo (Wits), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thamsanqa Mkhize, Thato Mokeke (CT City), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford FC), Rivaldo Coetzee, Lebogang Maboe, (Sundowns), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Lebogang Phiri (Guingamp), Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Thulani Serero (Vitesse), Percy Tau (Club Brugge), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier).

Forwards: Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg, France), Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United), Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City).

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