Mashaba shakes things up with 3 changes

2014-11-19 09:08

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Midfielder Dean Furman retains the captaincy as Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba made three changes to the starting XI which defeated Sudan 2-1 at the weekend in Durban.

While the win ensured South Africa’s qualification into the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, the team face Nigeria today, in the last of the group qualifying games.

Mashaba has brought in Tefu Mashamaite for Rivaldo Coetzee, Reneilwe Letsholonyane replaces Andile Jali and Mandla Masango takes the place of the injured Thulani Serero.

Serero will be watching from the stands with a hamstring injury that saw the Ajax Amsterdam midfielder substituted in the victory over Sudan where he was named Man of the Match.

Darren Keet retains his place in goals while the defence will be manned by Erick Mathoho, Anele Ngcongca and Sibusiso Khumalo.

Oupa Manyisa will play alongside Furman, taking the other position in midfield.

The strike force of Tokelo Rantie and Bongani Ndulula remains unchanged.

Mathoho, Ngcongca, Furman, Manyisa, Masango and Ndulula are the only players who started against the same Nigeria in Cape Town two months ago.

Coetzee and Jali will be on the bench together with Lehlohonolo Majoro who has shaken off the ankle injury that saw him ruled out of the Sudan clash, as well as Kermit Erasmus who was in the stands in the last match.

Also on the bench are Brilliant Khuzwayo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Themba Zwane. Moeketsi Sekola will sit out this game after he was named on the bench and made his debut against Sudan.

Ndulula, Furman and Mathoho have started all the matches in the qualifiers, but Furman, Jali and Mathoho have played every minute before the Nigeria clash.

Rantie could have started in all the matches had he not come off the bench in the goalless draw against the Super Eagles in Cape Town.

Today’s game kicks off at 7pm, South African time, at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria.

Bafana Bafana starting XI: Darren Keet (goalkeeper), Eric Mathoho, Tefu Mashamaite, Sibusiso Khumalo, Anele Ngcongca, Oupa Manyisa, Dean Furman (captain), Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Mandla Masango, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula.

Substitutes: Brilliant Khuzwayo (goalkeeper), Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Rivaldo Coetzee, Andile Jali, Kermit Erasmus, Themba Zwane, Lehlohonolo Majoro.

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