Public invited to Bafana training

Bafana Bafana are set to open doors to the public during Wednesday's training session in Port Elizabeth, ahead of their friendly on Sunday.

Bafana landed in the Friendly City on Tuesday afternoon after assembling the locally and foreign-based contngent in Johannesburg on Sunday and Monday, as they prepare to face Mali in the Nelson Mandela Challenge this weekend.

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Coach Melofi Ntseki is set to welcome a new addition to his squad in Highlands Park midfielder Mothobi Mvala, who replaces French-based Bongani Zungu due to injury, with star striker Percy Tau also set to arrive on Wednesday.

Fans have been invited to get an inside look into their preparations for Sunday clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium when the team, including local boys Kermit Erasmus and Ronwen Williams, take to the Wolfson Stadium in KwaZakhele this afternoon at 15h00.

It is set to be Ntseki's first match in charge of the senior national team after he took over the reins from Stuart Baxter in August, having previously served at the Brit's assistant, and he has since expressed his desire to bring the team closer to the people.

“This is an important step for us because Bafana Bafana is a national team, which means it belongs to you and me, it belongs to all of us," the coach said.

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"Where possible, we need to have these kinds of arrangements and take the team to the people and have that special relationship. Once the fans know that you are in this together, their support grows.

"We are heading into very important AFCON 2021 qualifiers next month, so that support will be crucial for Bafana Bafana. So, I urge the fans to come in numbers to come and see what we do at training, how their stars train and I think in that way they will understand better come matchday.

FULL BAFANA SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Ricardo Goss

Defenders: Erick Mathoho, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Thapelo Morena, Tshepo Rikhotso, Innocent Maela, Mosa Lebusa, Thato Mokeke

Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo, Dean Furman, Lebohang Phiri, Mothobi Mvala, Thulani Serero, Themba Zwane, Thembinkosi Lorch, Keagan Dolly.

Strikers: Bradley Grobler, Lebogang Mothiba, Kermit Erasmus, Percy Tau

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