According to Safa, "Igesund is hopeful that the latest change in the Bafana Bafana squad travelling to the Cosafa Cup tournament in Zambia will be the last" – and it is fairly certain the fans are hoping the same thing.
The latest casualty is Platinum Stars’ Vuyo Mere, who according to Safa was included in the squad “before the issue had been finalised with his club”.
“His name was included during the initial stages of the discussions with Platinum Stars. But seeing that the club had already given Bafana Bafana four players it was felt the player should not be part of the travelling party so as not cripple their [Platinum Stars’] preparations,” a statement from Safa says.
“Safa regrets the inconvenience caused to the club and the player.”
Igesund has called up Gladwin Shitolo of Jomo Cosmos in Mere’s place.
The squad will assemble on Wednesday, July 10.
However, defender Bevan Fransman will not be available for the first match on Saturday, June 13 because of club commitments.
Fransman is expected to line up for SuperSport United against English Premier League side Manchester City in a pre-season clash at Loftus Stadium on Sunday, July 14. He will fly out to Zambia the next day.
Goalkeepers: Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyabonga Mpontshane (Platinum Stars)
Defenders: Sibusiso Khumalo, Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United), Buhle Mkhwanazi (University of Pretoria), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Ajax Cape Town), Lehlohonolo Nonyane (Jomo Cosmos), Gladwin Shitolo (Jomo Cosmos), Tshepo Gumede (Platinum Stars)
Midfielders: Sibusiso Msomi (Platinum Stars), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows), Jabulani Shongwe, Hlompho Kekana (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Ruzaigh Gamildien (Bloemfontein Celtic), Lebogang Manyana (Ajax Cape Town), Mzikayise Mashaba (Bidvest Wits), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs)
Forwards: Edward Manqele (Mamelodi Sundowns), Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows), Thabani Mthembu (Platinum Stars)