Da Gama makes six team changes for Zambia clash at U-23 AFCON
Posted: 1 December 2015 Time: 13:47
National U-23 coach Owen da Gama has made six changes to the team that lost 3-1 to Senegal in the opening match of the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.
South Africa take on Zambia this afternoon at the Léopold Senghor Stadium in Dakar. Kick-off is at 17h00 South African time.
Jody February will start in goals in place of Ricardo Goss.
The defence has also been altered – Tebogo Moerane comes in for the injured Denwin Farmer at left-back, while Abbubaker Mobara moves to right-back where Tshepo Rikhotso operated against Senegal. Rivaldo Coetzee and Kwanda Mngonyama will be the central defenders.
The midfield has a new look about it.
The Orlando Pirates duo of Gift Motupa and Menzi Masuku, who arrived late last night in camp from Tunisia, get the nod alongside captain Keagan Dolly and Deolin Mekoa.
Phakamani Mahlambi retains his place upfront and will be assisted by Dumisani Zuma.
Phumlani Ntshangase, Siphelele Ntshangase and Paseka Mako will all start on the bench.
SA U-23 XI vs Zambia:
Jody February (GK), Kwanda Mngonyama, Rivaldo Coetzee, Tebogo Moerane, Abbubaker Mobara, Keagan Dolly (c), Gift Motupa, Menzi Masuku, Deolin Mekoa, Phakamani Mahlambi, Dumisani Zuma
Ricardo Goss (GK), Kyle Peters (GK), Tshepo Rikhotso, Zitha Macheke, Phumlani Ntshangase, Paseka Mako, Riyaad Norodien, Sibusiso Sibeko, Siphelele Ntshangase
Not considered for the match:
Denwin Farmer - injured