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.