Owen da Gama excited by Bafana squad for Guinea-Bissau and Angola friendlies
Posted: 20 March 2017 Time: 15:27
Bafana Bafana interim coach Owen da Gama is excited by the squad at his disposal for the friendlies with Guinea-Bissau and Angola.
Bafana will host Guinea-Bissau at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday (15h30) before tackling Angola three days later at Buffalo City Stadium (19h30 kick-off) in East London.
All of Da Gama's men have reported for national team duty with the exception of France-based midfielder Keagan Dolly, who is expected to join his compatriots in Durban tomorrow.
Overseas-based players Thulani Serero, Andile Jali, Kermit Erasmus, Luther Singh, Lars Veldwijk and Kamohelo Mokotjo are also in camp.
However, there is still uncertainly about the availability of Mokotjo to play for South Africa after he acquired Dutch citizenship, but the matter is being handled at the highest level.
Da Gama said: “We are very elated about being in Durban. We have brought a very exciting team, I think the technical team has done well in terms of the selection. The thinking was about continuity from the squad that played in the Senegal match, and did very well. We have also added some young and exciting players who have been doing very well for their teams. It is important that we acknowledge players when they do well at their clubs, afterall, we always want that at any given time to present you with the best possible Bafana Bafana team.
“There are also other players who have been on top of their game and are not here, but they are also under the radar. I have been constantly been asked about specific players who are not selected, but I think it is important that we pay tribute to the players that are here, acknowledge their selection and focus on that. We certainly hope the boys will come out and give a fantastic display of their talent on Saturday.”