Predicted Bafana XI vs Seychelles

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The all-important 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group E qualifier is set to kick-off at 15h00.

With Bafana having staged their final training session at the match venue on Friday afternoon, the Briton will have to now decide what is his best side.

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Taking into consideration recent club and national team form, experience, as well as strengths and weaknesses of individuals, KickOff.com's Chad Klate looks at who could lead the charge for the crucial three points against The Pirates.

GK: Itumeleng Khune

Khune proved in the last qualifier against Libya that he is still an influential figure in goal for the national side, despite coming into that particular camp in disappointing form by his own standards. The 31-year-old shot-stopper has since conceded only two goals in five matches for Kaizer Chiefs and is the favourite to start ahead of Darren Keet and Ronwen Williams.

LB: Sifiso Hlanti

Hlanti has been a consistent figure for both club and country and, given his experience in recent Bafana outings, is sure to start ahead of Innocent Maela, who just recently made his senior international debut in March.

CB: Thulani Hlatshwayo

Hlatshwayo is the current Bafana captain, and is almost certain to start in the heart of defence on Saturday. His accumulation of 34 caps also sees him as the most experienced option for the all-important position of marshalling the backline.

CB: Buhle Mkhwanazi

Mkhwanazi, having partnered with his Bidvest Wits teammate in the last outing, is also a shoo-in to retain his position given their established partnership and understanding in central defence. The 28-year-old, like his skipper, has conceded just four goals in nine appearances at his club side this season.

RB: Ramahlwe Mphahlele

Following Thapelo Morena’s withdrawal due to injury, Mphahlele is likely to start ahead of replacement call-up Thamsanqa Mkhize, who has missed out on the last three national team camps. ‘Rama’ has also missed out only six of the last 19 Bafana fixtures, and is the more trusted option at right-back.

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DM: Dean Furman

Furman has established himself in the national team setup and has rarely missed out whenever called up into the squad. His experience of 40 caps is hard to overlook and he will likely be the man Baxter entrusts to provide protection for the defence through the centre of the park.

CM: Kamohelo Mokotjo

Mokotjo is slowly finding his place in Bafana after being overlooked on several occasions in previous camps, but his upsurge in the English Championship has placed him amongst the key men at his club side Brentford. Having picked up the man of the match award in a recent visit to Leeds United, Mokotjo could also retain his place from the Libya clash.

LW: Phakamani Mahlambi

Mahlambi is arguably one of the most gifted young talents produced in recent years and has already re-established himself in the PSL after returning to join Mamelodi Sundowns from Egyptian giants Al Ahly. The 21-year-old scored on debut and has leaped into Pitso Mosimane’s star-studded side, showing he can be a key prospect for Bafana once again.

RW: Lebohang Maboe

Maboe rose to prominence at Maritzburg United last season and has continued his fine form for Sundowns, scoring two goals in six league appearances this season. The 24-year-old also impressed for Bafana during the COSAFA Cup held in Polokwane in May and could slot in well in the absence of Themba Zwane. 

CAM: Percy Tau

Following the withdrawal of Sibusiso Vilakazi, Percy Tau could be dropped to a second-striker role to allow him the freedom to drift to either side of the park, while still being able to link up with the midfield and make runs towards goal.

STR: Lebo Mothiba

Mothiba’s impressive club form has been a hot topic of discussion in recent weeks, having scored four goals in just six Ligue 1 games for Strasbourg thus far, and he could finally be the solution to the national team’s scoring woes. The 23-year-old has scored two goals in his two Bafana appearances thus far, and was a notable absentee against Libya last month.

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