Bafana Bafana duo Lebogang Phiri and Mandla Masango out of COSAFA Castle Cup
Posted: 26 June 2017 Time: 08:06
Bafana Bafana have been forced into two changes for their COSAFA Castle Cup squad after Lebogang Phiri and Mandla Masango were forced to withdraw.
Phiri will be replaced by Maritzburg United midfielder Mohau Mokate while Stellenbosch FC player Jamie Webber comes in for Masango, who tasted Nedbank Cup glory with SuperSport United at the weekend.
Mokate netted six goals for Maritzburg in the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League season, his best tally yet having signed from third-tier Orbit College FC, who are based in the North West province, where the COSAFA Castle Cup is being staged.
Those goals came in just nine starts in the second half of the campaign as he found form since the turn of the year.
The 19-year-old Webber was instrumental in helping Stellenbosch FC into the PSL Promotion Play-Offs after a fine season in the National First Division, though he was used mostly off the bench.
He made 11 starts and 12 substitute appearances through the campaign.
Bafana open the defence of their COSAFA Castle Cup title with a meeting against he Group A winners on Sunday at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.
Favourites to advance from the pool are Angola, who defeated Mauritius 1-0 in their opening match, while East African guest nation Tanzania saw off Malawi 2-0.
Updated Bafana squad:
Goalkeepers: Johnson, Bvuma, Pule
Defenders: Mukumela, Mthethwa, Mvala, Booysen, Malepe, Maela, Gordinho
Midfielders: Cele, Maboe, Mbatha, Sibiya, Webber, Masalesa, Mokate, Ngoma
Strikers: Jordan, Moseamedi