2018 CHAN qualifier: Bafana Bafana vs Zambia
Posted: 12 August 2017 Time: 11:41
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has named his starting line-up to face Zambia at the Buffalo City Stadium this afternoon.
South Africa host Chipolopolo for the first leg of their second round 2018 CHAN qualifier in East London this afternoon, with kick-off set for 15h00.
Baxter has been forced to make several changes from the previous round when they defeated Botswana 2-0 in the second leg at the Moruleng Stadium.
Bruce Bvuma retains his place goals to earn his second senior international cap, while captain Mario Booysen and left-back Tercious Malepe are the only other survivors from the last match.
They will be joined by Asavela Mbekile at right-back, while Sandile Mthethwa gets his first start in Bafana Bafana colours as he will play alongside Booysen, who will be playing his sixth consecutive match since making his debut in the COSAFA Castle Cup tournament in July this year.
Mbekile last played for Bafana Bafana in November 2016 in an international friendly match against Mozambique, and will be earning his fifth cap for South Africa.
Sibusiso Khumalo, Jabulani Shongwe and Jamie Webber will occupy the midfield, and will be assisted by forwards Ryan Moon, Dumisani Zuma and Gift Motupa.
Shongwe’s last appearance in the South African senior men’s national team was in San Pedro Sula in the 1-1 international friendly match against Honduras in 2015.
The quartet of Webber, Zuma, Motupa and Mthethwa were on the bench in the second leg clash against Botswana. Motupa will earn his ninth cap as the highest-capped player on the pitch.
Five uncapped players have been named on the bench – Lindokuhle Mntambo, Thabo Lingwati, Masilake Phohlongo, Steven Hoffman (GK) as well as Wiseman Meyiwa, who only arrived in camp on Thursday.
Also starting on the bench will be Menzi Masuku and Siphelele Ntshangase, who started against Botswana in the return leg.
Bafana XI: Bvuma (GK), Mbekile, Malepe, Booysen (c), Mthethwa, Kumalo, Shongwe, Webber, Moon, Zuma, Motupa
Bafana subs: Hoffman (GK), Masuku, Ntshangase, Mntambo, Meyiwa, Phohlongo, Lingwati
Zambia XI: Nsabata, Chama, Kapumbu, Siamujompa, Tembo, Malama, Mbewe, Jack, Shonga, Chingandu, Mulenga.