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Igesund releases Bafana Bafana squad for Chan African Nations Championship

Posted: 23 December 2013 Time: 15:27

South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has named his 23-man squad for the African Nations Championship, with notably no Orlando Pirates in the mix.

Bafana Bafana skipper Itumeleng Khune will lead the nation once again, while Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has earned a recall for the event, taking place on home soil from January 11 to February 1.

Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere, who has 10 caps, is also back in the fold following his starring displays for the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout holders.

The right-back's Dikwena teammates Siyabonga Mpontshane, Lindokuhle Mbatha and Tsepo Gumede will likewise be eager to make an impact on the international stage. 

Mamelodi Sundowns have contributed heavily to the cause in the shape of Tebogo Langerman, Jabu Shongwe, Hlompho Kekana, Katlego Mashego, Bryce Moon and Edward Manqele, with the latter currently on loan at Moroka Swallows.

Besides Khune, Premiership champions Chiefs have also made Bafana regulars Tsepo Masilela, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker available for the competition, as well as in-form centre-back Tefu Mashamaite.

Swallows playmaker Lerato Chabangu, Bloemfontein Celtic stalwart Thabo Nthethe, University of Pretoria defender Buhle Mkhwanazi and Wits trio Sibusiso Vilakazi, Kwanda Mngonyama and Ryan Chapman - in addition to Josephs - complete Igesund's range of options.

Pirates, who boast local stars such as Thabo Matlaba, Oupa Manyisa and Kermit Erasmus on their books, have chosen not to release their players, as is their right as the tournament falls outside of the Fifa calendar.

The Premier Soccer League have scheduled five Premiership games during the showpiece, with Chiefs, Pirates, Sundowns, SuperSport United, Ajax Cape Town and AmaZulu the affected parties.

Bafana squad for Chan:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Moeneeb Josephs, Siyabonga Mpontshane.

Defenders: Tefu Mashamaite, Tsepo Gumede, Thabo Nthethe, Tebogo Langerman, Vuyo Mere, Bryce Moon,  Buhle Mkhwanazi, Kwanda Mngonyama, Tsepo Masilela.

Midfielders: Hlompho Kekana, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Lerato Chabangu, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Jabu Shongwe, Lindokuhle Mbatha, Ryan Chapman.

Forwards: Bernard Parker, Edward Manqele, Katlego Mashego.

What do you make of the squad, have your say on or Twitter @KickOffmagazine!

Livefyre comments on this story...

Phil Mypockets
posted: 2013-12-23 13:34:28

good for the likes of Mpontshane, Gumede, Vilakazi, Shongwe, Mbatha, Manqele even though the team looks so weak.

K.I.C (Khosiologyst)
posted: 2013-12-23 13:35:57

Another ploy by Khozafa to disturb our plans in clinching the title won't work....KC should refuse to participate in this comic tournament.

The Game
posted: 2013-12-23 13:37:47

Like I said this moegoe is lost:

Bucaneer 2.1
posted: 2013-12-23 13:38:48

zebras shud be patriotic here nd let their cows go graze for Gordon

The Game
posted: 2013-12-23 13:41:54

Pitso must leave Langerman maybe he will learn a thing or two:

posted: 2013-12-23 13:44:44

The strike force all KC; Mhhh, i'm salivating already. On a serious note, KC must pull out of this thing immediately; our eyes on the big prize. We are risking injuries for a picnic friendly that must take such a long time.


thando we khosi
posted: 2013-12-23 13:44:48

He should have silected the under 20 side chan

Gucci Man
posted: 2013-12-23 13:45:04

This would have been a good opportunity for players like aboManyama,Sifiso Myeni,Manyisa,George Maluleke,Madondo,Klate,Jabulani Shongwe,Thulani Hlatshwayo,Elzear Rodgers,Clvin Kadi,Tsepo Gumede,Tintswalo Tshabalala,Bongi Ntuli,Moffat Mdluli

posted: 2013-12-23 13:49:31

Khune, Tefu, Masilela, Yeye, Shabba and Parker are very big for this tournament. GI should have given gorillas a chance here.

posted: 2013-12-23 13:50:41

retlo sega ke batho mann....................

Neo wa clever
posted: 2013-12-23 13:51:10

This guy was suppose to stick to the team that fail to qualify for Brazil

posted: 2013-12-23 13:51:27

Hau banna, chiefs players?

posted: 2013-12-23 13:57:06

Means Fundowns hae tshabiwi month, hai baxter o tlwayela bo silverline kby if he releases those players

posted: 2013-12-23 13:57:19

This guy from Maritzburg United is far better than Moeneeb Josephs and Siyabonga Mpontshane.

posted: 2013-12-23 13:57:25

To include players of Chiefs in this squad is a sign of disrespect to the Chiefs brand.  Gordon should have given other players a chance

gotze kroos ozil reus
posted: 2013-12-23 13:58:21

Editor iv been logn on n off la waiting for juicy news plz dig deep n find out the happenings of manyama maluleka majoro mahlngu. Thank you

posted: 2013-12-23 13:59:48

Bobby mst withdraw KC players, we hv Champions league to play , they mst be rested so that the can be more focused

posted: 2013-12-23 14:00:38

kanti whats happening with the match between kaizer chiefs and sundowns

posted: 2013-12-23 14:01:24

thando we khosi, Then if the failed GI is a cow nd mst go. This team cn win Chan

Bucaneer 2.1
posted: 2013-12-23 14:02:39

Guaranteed early exit with a pro zebra lineup, gordon I dare u to field zebras nd prove me right

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