South Africa play Ethiopia and Botswana in World Cup qualifiers on June 3 and June 9, and Gabon in a friendly on June 15.
19 players have reported for duty, while Moeneeb Josephs and Eleazar Rodgers have requested to be withdrawn from the team. Five overseas-based players have arrived in South Africa: defenders Anele Ngcongca, Bongani Khumalo and Tsepo Masilela, goalkeeper Darren Keet and midfielder Thulani Serero.
Also checking in on the first day were the Kaizer Chiefs quartet of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Siboniso Gaxa, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Itumeleng Khune; the Orlando Pirates quartet of Siyabonga Sangweni, Oupa Manyisa, Tokelo Rantie and Andile Jali; Moroka Swallows duo of Siyabonga Nomvete and Luvhengo Mungomeni; AmaZulu’s Thamsanqa Sangweni as well as Thanduyise Khuboni and Mzikayise Mashaba from Golden Arrows and Free State Stars respectively.
Three more players are expected later today; captain Steven Pienaar, Erick Mathoho and Lehlohonolo Masalesa, while May Mahlangu will only report for camp on Thursday.
Three players have been given a rest after reporting for camp because of niggling injuries.
Nomvete (ankle and tight hamstring), Siyabonga Sangweni (ankle) and Manyisa (tight calf muscles) will all miss the first day of training today as they go under medical observation.
The six players from Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United – Teko Modise, Wayne Sandilands, Punch Masenamela, Lebohang Mokoena, Katlego Mphela and Morgan Gould – are scheduled to arrive on Sunday, a day after their Nedbank Cup Final clash.