Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says Benni McCarthy, Thulani Serero and Katlego Mphela must be fit for selection
Posted: 4 December 2012 Time: 12:53 pm
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says that although Benni McCarthy, Thulani Serero and Katlego Mphela are training again, they will need to find match fitness before he will consider them.
With less than a month before the tournament begins, Igesund is concerned over the fitness of his players, especially those who have just recovered from injuries.
Bafana will play Malawi, Norway and Algeria in friendlies over December and January.
"Our squad is mainly going to consist of locally based players for these friendly matches," Igesund says.
"Only two [overseas-based players], namely Tokelo Rantie and May Mahlangu, whose seasons with their respective teams has ended, will be called.
"We have about 30 odd players and cutting it down to 23 will be my main task. Only one or two faces will be called in for the warm-up games.
"Thulani Serero, Benni McCarthy, Katlego Mphela and Daylon Claasen are some of the players who are back in training, however this does not mean automatic call-ups.
"If they can show about 70 to 80 percent match fitness then I will have a decision to make," the coach concludes.