Bafana ‘need to deal with’ Senzo Meyiwa’s death

2014-11-04 15:57

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Bafana Bafana players will honour their slain captain, Senzo Meyiwa, by going to his grave in Heroes Acre in Mayville cemetery outside Durban next week.

The South African Football Association has moved Bafana’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan to Durban’s Moses Mabhida next Saturday in honour of the former captain.

Coach Shakes Mashaba said they were considering inviting a psychologist and a preacher to the team’s camp to help deal with the players’ mental strength.

He said it would not be easy for the players to concentrate after losing their captain.

“There will be mixed feelings in the camp and we need to deal with that because there are those who were close to him. But whatever happens life has to go on and we have to represent the country in a manner Senzo would have loved us to do,” said Mashaba.

Mashaba has called up two goalkeepers – Brilliant Khuzwayo and Siyabonga Mpontshane – as replacements for Meyiwa.

The two goalkeepers were among six new faces for the games in Durban and against Nigeria on November 19.

The new additions included May Mahlangu, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Luvolwethu Mpeta and Lehlohonolo Majoro.

Bafana were currently top of group A’s standings and remained in pole position to qualify for next year’s continental showpiece.

Mashaba emphasised the importance of winning both games. He said it would be imperative to wrap the qualifications with a victory at home over Sudan and go finish the job in Nigeria without pressure.

Bafana need only one victory to book a place in the finals.

“We are happy as the technical team that we have scored five goals in four matches. But we need to kill off the game in the first half so we can relax.”

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Siyabonga Mpontshane and Brilliant Khuzwayo.

Defenders: Erick Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Nhlapo, Luvolwethu Mpeta, Sibusiso Khumalo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Kwanda Mngonyama and Tefu Mashamaite.

Midfielders: Andile Jali, Dean Furman, Themba Zwane, Oupa Manyisa, May Mahlangu, Thulani Serero, Mandla Masango, Fagrie Lakay and Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

Strikers: Tokelo Rantie, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Bongani Ndulula, Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro.

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