Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has named the 23-man squad that will represent South Africa at the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament which starts next month (17 January to 8 February 2015).
Mashaba has kept faith with most of the players that did duty during the AFCON 2015 qualifiers.
The coach had called up 34 players to the mini-training camp which started on Friday, 26 December in Johannesburg – with only Dean Furman (England) and Thulani Serero (Netherlands) unable to join the camp.
Mashaba has named three goalkeepers, seven defenders, nine midfielders and four strikers.
Of the seven overseas-based contingent called up in the provisional squad, only Serero and Ayanda Patosi miss out on the plane to Equatorial Guinea.
Andile Jali, who did not train with the team since his arrival due to a knock on the knee, has been declared fit to travel.
“This was a very hectic exercise and if you look at all the players that were here, it was not easy to select the final 23. Unfortunately, we are bound by rules and regulations of the competition and had to trim the squad. We are glad we managed to select the players we believe will represent the country well in Equatorial Guinea,” said Mashaba.
“We still want to say to those who have been selected, this is a perfect opportunity for you, grab it with both hands because selection is not permanent. You still have to go out, work hard and make your country proud. To those who missed out, it is not the end of the world, there are more competitions coming, which means more opportunities again.”
Bafana Bafana have taken a short break from camp and will return in the New Year on Friday, 2 January 2015.
FULL AFCON SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Darren Keet, Jackson Mabokgwane
Defenders: Siyabonga Nhlapo, Patrick Phungwayo, Anele Ngcongca, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thabo Matlaba
Midfielders: Themba Zwane, Andile Jali, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Dean Furman, Thuso Phala, Mandla Masango, Oupa Manyisa
Strikers: Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, Sibusiso Vilakazi