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Stuart Baxter names three changes to Bafana Bafana starting XI for Castle Cup Plate final v Namibia

Posted: 7 July 2017 Time: 11:58

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has named three changes to his starting XI for today’s Cosafa Castle Cup Plate final against Namibia.

South Africa saw their campaign in the tournament proper come to an end at the first hurdle following their quarter-final loss to Tanzania last weekend, but have the chance at redemption after beating Botswana in this week’s Plate semi-final.

On the team front, goalkeeper Boalefa Pule comes back into the first XI at the expense of Kaizer Chiefs starlet Bruce Bvuma, whose club-mate Lorenzo Gordinho starts after sitting out the win over Botswana.

The final change sees Judas Moseamedi return to the starting XI after coming off the bench to net Bafana’s second goal in the semis.

Meanwhile, Thendo Mukumela and Mario Booysen start their third match in a row at the tournament, with Mothobi Mvala moving into the midfield alongside captain Lehlogonolo Masalesa.

Mukumela, Booysen and Norodien are the only three players to have started all three matches in the COSAFA Castle Cup, while goalkeeper Darren Johnson, defender Sandile Mthethwa and midfielder Sibongakonke Mbatha are yet to play in this tournament.

Kick-off is set for 17h00.

Bafana Bafana XI vs Namibia: Boalefa Pule (GK), Tercious Malepe, Mario Booysen, Lorenzo Gordinho, Mothobi Mvala, Thendo Mukumela, Lehlogonolo Masalesa (C), Riyaad Norodien, Mohau Mokate, Nduduzo Sibiya, Judas Moseamedi

Subs: Bruce Bvuma (GK), Darren Johnson (GK), Sandile Mthethwa, Sibongakonke Mbatha, Jamie Webber, Liam Jordan, Innocent Maela, Thabo Cele, Lebogang Maboe

Article by: Staff Reporter
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