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Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Sibusiso Kumalo called up to replace Lehlogonolo Masalesa for Bafana Bafana CHAN qualifiers

Posted: 13 July 2017 Time: 11:46

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Sibusiso Kumalo has been called up for Bafana Bafana's African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers as a replacement for Lehlogonolo Masalesa.

Masalesa captained the South African national team at the recently concluded COSAFA Castle Cup, leading the side to a fifth place finish in the North West Province.

Stuart Baxter was lead to believe the 25-year-old was eligible for the CHAN qualifiers against Botswana as he had left Greek side AE Larissa.

However, as per CAF rules an unregistered pplayer may not take part.

Meanwhile, forgotten Masandawana midfielder Kumalo will take his place in the 23-man squad.

The former Moroka Swallows midfielder has seen very little game time since joining Sundowns and has been loaned out on two ocassions whilst aslo spending time with the club's MDC side.

Kumalo's inclusion, however, is in line with Baxter's selection criteria for this particular set of matches to be contested home and away against the Zebras.

South Africa and their neighbours will meet in the first leg on Saturday, 15 July 2017 at Francistown Stadium with a 15h30 kick-off.

The second leg will be staged at the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg the following weekend (Saturday, 22 July). Kick-off is at 15h00.

Mario Booysen will now captain the side.

1.     Boalefa PULE     Supersport United FC
2.     Steven HOFFMAN     Platinum Stars FC
3.     Khulekani KUBHEKA     Mamelodi Sundowns FC
4.     Siyabonga NHLAPO     Bidvest Wits FC
5.     Malebogo MODISE     Mamelodi Sundowns FC
6.     Siphiwe MNGUNI     Platinum Stars FC
7.     Junaid SAIT     Stellenbosch FC
8.     Sandile MTHETHWA     Orlando Pirates FC
9.     Mothobi MVALA     Highlands Park FC
10.     Mario BOOYSEN     Supersport United FC
11.     Tercious MALEPE     Orlando Pirates FC
12.     Cole ALEXANDER     Supersport United FC
13.     Sibusiso KUMALO     Mamelodi Sundowns FC
14.     Riyaad NORODIEN     Orlando Pirates FC
15.     Jamie WEBBER     Stellenbosch FC
16.     Sphelele NTSHANGASE     Black Leopards FC
17.     Dumisani ZUMA     Bloemfontein Celtic FC
18.     Ricardo LOURENCO     Orlando Pirates FC
19.     Teboho MOKOENA     Supersport United FC
20.     Sipho MBULE     Mamelodi Sundowns FC
21.     Bongani NTULI     Mamelodi Sundowns FC
22.     Ryan MOON     Kaizer Chiefs FC
23.     Gift MOTUPA     Baroka FC

Article by: Staff Reporter
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