Bafana dealt another withdrawal


Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has been forced into making another change to his squad ahead of their friendly against Mali this weekend.

Bafana take on Mali in the 25th edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium  in Port Elzabeth.

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Ntseki has already been forced into two changes before the camp commenced in Johannesburg on Sunday, with Cape Town City's Thamsanqa Mkhize and Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Brandon Petersen pulling out injured.

The pair have since been replaced by Tshepo Rikhotso and Ricardo Goss of Bloemfontein Celtic and Wits respectively.

Other injury concerns included SuperSport United duo Ronwen Williams and Dean Furman, who were recently crowned MTN8 champions, as well as Erick Mathoho, Themba Zwane and Bongani Zungu, with the latter now having withdrawn.

Zungu picked up "a deep laceration on his left leg", according to an earlier report from Bafana team doctor Thulani Ngwenya and was being assessed on Monday and Tuesday as he missed both training sessions at FNB Stadium.

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The decision was then taken upon the team's arrival in Port Elizabeth that the Amiens midfielder would not be ready in time for the weekend's game and has subsequently been replaced by Highlands Park captain Mothobi Mvala.

Furthermore, all other players continue under observation from the technical team and will continue in camp, including Belgiam-based Percy Tau, who is set to arrive in PE on Wednesday after attending to a personal matter.