Bafana takes on Stallions

2016-10-05 06:00

BAFANA BAFANA coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba has called up Platinum Stars defender Isaac Nhlapo for the 2018 World Cup qualifier with Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou this weekend.

Nhlapo has been drafted in as a replacement for injured centre-back Rivaldo Coetzee.

Coetzee damaged his hamstring in Ajax Cape Town’s 1-0 defeat to Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium on 23 September.

Bafana will take on the Stallions in their first World Cup qualifier on Saturday (08/10) before hosting Ghana in a friendly at the Moses Mabhida Stadium three days later.

Meanwhile, Mashaba has eased concerns over the fitness of Kaizer Chiefs defenders Erick Mathoho and Ramahlwe Mphahlele for the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The duos have linked up with their national teammates, with Mphahlele arriving on Monday morning (03/10) after attending to a family bereavement.

“I saw Mathoho is here. The only player that hasn’t come on time is ‘Rama’, but that’s nothing serious.

“The Chiefs gave us his scan report. He is not so bad, and he’ll be joining us. The rest are already here,” said Mashaba at the team’s hotel.

Bafana doctor Thulani Ngwenya added: “Mphahlele is coming through for assessment, because he had to go home for a bereavement. The scan report showed that he has an ankle sprain, but I think it’s something that we can actually manage.

“We’ll wait for him to come through and then we will make an objective assessment. We have Rivaldo, who had a hamstring injury and his scan shows that he can’t actually travel with us, and the coach has subsequently replaced him,” said Ngwenya.

Bafana will visit the Stallions in Ouagadougou on Saturday before hosting Ghana in a friendly at Moses Mabhida Stadium three days later.

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