Igesund explains his selections

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Igesund has called up seven new players – Kamohelo Mokotjo, Kgosietsile Ntlhe, Katlego Mashego, Thabo Matlaba, Dean Furman, Dino Ndlovu and Thamsanqa Gabuza.

Moroka Swallows' winger Lerato Chabangu gets a first call-up since 2008.      

The Bafana coach says he has chosen some of the younger players to get a good look at them in national colours, and promises that a couple of his selections will "surprise" fans on the pitch.

 

Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic, England)

"I've spoken to his coach, [he's] very, very impressed, they don't think Dean Furman's going to play in that team much longer, there are quite a few clubs after him.

"The performance I've seen in the past couple of games I think he deserves an opportunity. I think it's very important that we get a chance to get a look at a player like him to see what he's capable of.

"Very useful player, holding midfield player, uses the ball well, gets forward."

 

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Feyenoord, Holland)

"Plays at Feyenoord, as you know, he's a fantastic player. He plays as a holding midfielder, his club are playing him as a right-back. He's doing tremendously well over there. He's young, he's the future, I think we need to have a look at him as well.

"He's playing at the highest level of European football, you don't play at giants Feyenoord if you're not a decent player, he's getting good game-time."

 

Dino Ndlovu (Maccabi Haifa, Israel)

"I think a lot of people are going to be very, very surprised about Dino Ndlovu. He's absolutely playing tremendously well at the moment. He's really going to surprise a lot of people. He's strong, he's powerful, great skill, great left foot, scoring lots of goals at the moment."

 

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough, England)

"As you all know he played for our Under-20 team, did a magnificent job. I spoke to [club coach] Darren Ferguson and he said to me 'this player will never let you down, coach'. He says the English Championship is one of the most physical leagues in world football, he says it's a hundred miles an hour, which we know. He says this player is just about his best player at the moment, at the back, paying left-back. He goes forward, he's very strong. This guy needs to be looked at. He's 18 years old and playing in the English Championship. He deserves to be there because of his performances in the last few games, he's a regular starter in the team."

 

Thamsanqa Gabuza (Golden Arrows)

"Not only have I noticed him now but I actually noticed him last season He's a young player, physical player, skilful, he can play with his back to goals, he scores goals, he's movement is very, very good, he's going to cause problems for defenders. Sometimes there's too many players that go unnoticed because they don't play for this team or don't play for that team. We need to look at the players that are performing and this player has performed. He's a player that is going to surprise a lot of people."

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