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Bafana midfielder Phala suffering from flu ahead of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Gambia

Posted: 8 June 2015 Time: 13:58

Bafana Bafana midfielder Thuso Phala sat out training this morning as he nurses a bout of flu.

Bafana are preparing for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying opener against Gambia at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday (kick-off: 15h00).

"We left him in the hotel and he got flu and that is the only player that has a bout of flu," explains national team coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba.

"And the doctor said let's give him the morning off and we will check if he will be ready for this afternoon's training session."

Bafana, who are training at People’s Park in Durban, will be without PSL Footballer of the Season, Dean Furman, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Mzikayise Mashaba for the Group M tie.

Mashamaite has been withdrawn due to family commitments, while Furman (knee), Vilakazi (ankle) and Mashaba (shoulder) have been ruled out with injury.

Mashaba has called up Orlando Pirates defenders Tshepo Gumede and Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Black Leopards' Siphelele Ntshangase and Jabulani Shongwe of Bidvest Wits as replacements.

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"Well, in terms of the positions of players play in it is drawback," admits Mashaba.

"It means now we have got to call on a new player to go and perform the responsibilities. It is only for the player to respond to that but it is not a guarantee.

"Of course we will miss Dean but we can only hope him and Vilakazi recover quickly and there is still a lot of time to venture on."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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