Katlego Mphela

No guarantee for Benni and Mphela

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.

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Bafana will play Malawi, Norway and Algeria in friendlies over December and January.

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"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.

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Previous comments on this story...

The Phefeni Boy
posted: 12:57 pm
Killa Mafra....at his best there is not striker currently in the PSL who can do it he does......

Benny? nxa Iphelile leyanto.......
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 12:57 pm
Dont worry GI, Pitso will play his son (Mpela) even if he is not fit...then uzoba grand and ready fot selection...
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 12:57 pm
Killa Mafra....at his best there is not striker currently in the PSL who can do it LIKE he does......

Benny? nxa Iphelile le
Guilty
posted: 12:59 pm
whether fit or not fit Killer babulaye...........................
Bin Laden
posted: 01:00 pm
automatic call up For Killer is possible,,we all know tht
Happy Person
posted: 01:03 pm
Who cares about this Bafunny?
Nombembe
posted: 01:04 pm
Yho Mphela uselishweni boy coz your father Pitso is no longer the coach of Bafana x 2 you will meet him in club level where you will be in the first eleven even if you not match fit.
Ikhosi Li Jabulile
posted: 01:05 pm
We need someone fat in our line up, this is pure discrimination coach!!!
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 01:10 pm
Katlego Killer Mpheeela...I just love how that Sotho/Tswana commentator says his name.......

The sneaky assassin...lethal in every direction. The punisher, the finisher....Sub Zero of the striking department...defenders freeze out involuntarily!!!

#The last piece in the KC Voltron War-Machine#

Benni...........Nxx!! Lamasimba esgubhu se-IJuba Sorghum Beer should stay away from the national team...

He would only last 3mins against the youngbloods of Cape Verde
Ikhosi Li Jabulile
posted: 01:16 pm
Imagine Fat Boy vs Mam'Ruby:
Fat Boy: U think it's Mayfair here I call the shots here, jou ma se .....
Mam'Ruby: I score better than u, u lazy coal truck
Fat Boy: After the tournament I don't wanna see u again at .....
Mam'Ruby: Say's who? U last for 3 minutes mos...
There you go the AFCON drama in a nutshell!!!
ma-hd
posted: 01:18 pm
Why is Bafana always play Norway?
ma-hd
posted: 01:19 pm
Why is Bafana always play Norway?
Arsenical
posted: 01:23 pm
Combination of him & Parkar (SCOURGE to defenders)
They call us RATS= STARS or;
RAT= TAR= SAILOR
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 01:29 pm
WHAT ARE WE STILL GOING WITH THE FAT ONE, CLEARLY HE DOES NOT FIT INTO THE EQUATION!
MAMINZELA
posted: 01:35 pm
Benni does not need Bafana
Bafana NEEDS Benni desperately . . . . . .
FourPointFive
posted: 01:45 pm
For a national team coach Gordon Igesund talks toooooooooooooooo much!

He's not even playing mind games like all good coaches do,instead he gives everything away in the statements he makes in the media and in turn makes a fool of himself.

This guy is the return of George Bush II and the media is lapping it all up
IvoryPark OrlandoPIrates Branch
posted: 01:53 pm
Wish Benni can concentrate on Bucs SHIP rather than this micky mouse Bafana Bafana !
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 02:07 pm
Ikhosi Li Jabulile

posted: 01:16 pm

Imagine Fat Boy vs Mam'Ruby:
Fat Boy: U think it's Mayfair here I call the shots here, jou ma se .....
Mam'Ruby: I score better than u, u lazy coal truck
Fat Boy: After the tournament I don't wanna see u again at .....
Mam'Ruby: Say's who? U last for 3 minutes mos...
There you go the AFCON drama in a nutshell!!!
===========================================

Haahhahahahahahahah!!!! lol,...........
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 02:23 pm
We don't want our DTC players part of your Afcon squad. Our players have bigger ambitions than that, i.e.: CAF Champs League. We don't want our players putting themselves at risk of injuries trying to cover up for the blunders that will be made by the Nyawanas and Hyenas on the field in order to try save face for you and SAFA!

I pause...
Anonymous
posted: 02:41 pm
GI must continue to ignore Majoro at his peril. He is match fit and highly mobile. Come 21h00 tonight he will be the leading goal scorer who does not feature in the coach's plan. Any coach who knows his worth would have the Major in his starting line up on any given day. What's disappointing is that GI is crossing his fingers for BBM, Mphela and Nomvethe. I don't see how were are building for 2014 with the aforementioned players. GI's strategy of relying on the has beens will be his downfall, I will have the Major ahead of Mahoota.
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