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.
UPDATED BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD FOR CHAN
NO. PLAYER’S NAME CLUB
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