Bafana squad to face Ghana, Sudan

SA National Teams

Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has named his 26-man squad for this month's back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan.

Ntseki has retained veteran shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune, despite his poor form for Kaizer Chiefs of late, while handing a maiden call-up to AmaZulu goalkeeper Veli Mothwa. 

Thibang 'Cafu' Phete, Craig Martin, Ben Motshwari and Ruzaigh Gamildien are also in line for their senior debuts.

Bafana are scheduled to welcome Ghana to FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 25 March before going away to Omdurman to face Sudan at El Hilal Stadium three days later.

South Africa are currently second in Group C, level on points with Ghana but one goal behind in goal difference after four games played in the campaign.

Sudan, with 6 points and a fixture against Sao Tome and Principe to play, are the only threat to their spots at next year's continental championships, which is set to take place in Cameroon from January to February.

Full Bafana squad:

GK: Ronwen Williams, Veli Mothwa, Itumeleng Khune

DEF: Thibang Phete, Siyanda Xulu, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Mosa Lebusa, Innocent Maela, Sifiso Hlanti, Thapelo Morena, Craig Martin

MID: Rivaldo Coetzee, Themba Zwane, Thulani Serero, Ben Motshwari, Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly, Percy Tau, Sipho Mbule, Andile Jali, Luther Singh, Dean Furman

STR: Kermit Erasmus, Bradley Grobler, Ruzaigh Gamildien, Lyle Foster

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