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Bafana boss Stuart Baxter explains Erick Mathoho selection for World Cup qualifier with Burkina Faso

Posted: 21 September 2017 Time: 09:35

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has explained why he included suspended centre-back Erick Mathoho in his squad for the World Cup qualifier with Burkina Faso next month.

South Africa will be hosting the Burkinabe in a return leg 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday, October 7.

The tie is a must-win for Baxter and his troops, following their major slip-up of back-to-back defeats to Cape Verde earlier this month, as well as FIFA's ordering of a replay of their match against Senegal.

Bafana now find themselves bottom of Group D, with one point from three games, and have three games to try and earn a place at next year’s global spectacle in Russia.

Despite receiving a red card in the last match against the islanders, Mathoho has been named in the squad to face The Stallions.

"Erick Mathoho has got a one-match ban, which will be reviewed by FIFA on the 28th [of September]. We’re selecting him because we think that it’s the correct thing to do," explained Baxter.

"If at the time FIFA award him another game then we will bring in a replacement, but at the moment we’re selecting him in the squad."

Mathoho made his return from a two-game domestic ban in his club Kaizer Chiefs' 2-0 win at Maritzburg United last night.

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Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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