Bafana Bafana squad for the Cosafa Cup announced
Posted: 27 June 2013 Time: 11:18 am
Gordon Igesund has announced his squad for the 2013 Cosafa Cup in Zambia.
The Cosafa Cup will take take place from July 6-20. Because the tournament falls outside of Fifa dates, participating countries usually use home-based players.
“At least 50 percent of the players I have in this Cosafa squad could be playing in the 2015 Afcon and 2018 World Cup,” Igesund said at the announcement.
The coach also reiterated his plan to stay on with the national team until his contract expires, or beyond.
“They [Safa] have been chopping and changing coaches for many years. That hasn’t happened, and it’s not going to happen,” he insists.
“I have a contract until 2014, let’s hope I can go on to 2018. If all of us are on the same page and we know what we want to create then there won’t be a problem. We will get back on track.”
With clubs reluctant to release players for the tournament, media reports suggested the squad would include no Kaizer Chiefs of Orlando Pirates players. There are no Bucs players in the squad, however Chiefs is still the most-represented team, with five.
Goalkeepers: Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)
Defenders: Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United), Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic, captain), Tefu Mashamaite, Mulomowandau Mathoho (both Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Ajax Cape Town), Tebogo Langerman (Mamelodi Sundowns), Tshepo Gumede (Platinum Stars)
Midfielders: Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala (both Kaizer Chiefs), Jabulani Shongwe, Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lebogang Manyama (Ajax Cape Town), Luyola Nomandela (Free State Stars), Ruzaigh Gamildien (Bloemfontein Celtic)
Strikers: Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows), Kermit Erasmus (SuperSport United), Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Thabani Mthembu (Platinum Stars)