Bafana recall for veteran Nomvete

2010-04-09 00:00

CARLOS Alberto Parreira’s continued frustration at his strikers has resulted in a recall from the international wilderness of Moroka Swallows’ veteran 32-year-old forward Siyabonga Nomvete to the 25-man squad for Bafana Bafana’s month-long World Cup training camp in Germany.

And a further indication of Parreira’s desperation in his search for goal-scoring players is shown by a recall, too, of out-of-form striker Katlego Mashego, who has had a woeful season for Orlando Pirates since a disappointing Confederations Cup for Bafana in June last year.

Nomvete last played for Bafana as a substitute in the 1-0 friendly win against Scotland in Aberdeen in August 2007. However, the veteran former Kaizer Chiefs, Aalborg and Udinese striker was back to some of his best form for Swallows in January and February and many were surprised by Nomvete’s exclusion from the 29-man squad for the camp that took place in the past month in Brazil.

While Bafana lost just one game out of eight against Brazilian first division teams in the camp, two of the leading strikers expected to play a role at the World Cup, Katlego Mphela and Surprise Moriri, scored just a goal each on the tour.

“I am not looking for new faces at this stage [with the World Cup two months away],” Parreira said, explaining the recall of Mashego and Nomvete.

“I brought both players back because they have experience of having played for Bafana, and with over 70 caps Nomvete can be useful.”

Nomvete has 72 caps for Bafana and has scored 15 goals. He and Mashego were the only additions to the 29 players who went to Brazil, while five were axed. These are SuperSport United’s Daine Klate, Orlando Pirates’ Thulasizwe Mbuyane, Ajax Cape Town youngster Thulani Serero, Bloemfontein Celtic’s Tlou Segolela and Golden Arrows’ Richard Henyekane.

Holland-based Kermit Erasmus returned to Dutch Club Excelsior Rotterdam by agreement two weeks into the Brazil camp.

As expected, Maritzburg United goalkeeper Shu-aib Walters is on the list for Germany, along with Kaizer Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune and Pirates’ Moeneeb Josephs, with SuperSport United ’keeper Emille Baron having this week been ruled out of the World Cup with a shoulder injury.

Parreira again stressed that local-based players will make up the majority of the final World Cup squad, and expressed his disappointment at how many of South Africa’s foreign-based players have been holding down first-team places at their clubs.

“The biggest number of players for the World Cup squad will be from the South African league — there is no doubt about that,” the coach said.

“We might have 14, 15, 16 players from here; it depends. I don’t have to decide now. I still have time, but the big number of players will be from those who play in South Africa.

“We have a list of 25 players who are overseas and we have been following them, those who are playing and those that are not playing. The last list we have from this past weekend is so disappointing, only two players played full games. It was [Steven] Pienaar and another one. This can’t help us and the World Cup is close.

“You saw in the [Champions League] match between Barcelona and Arsenal, players from other national teams were playing in a big game, so there is a huge difference. What can we do? We have to face it. We believe that a fit team will help us do well in the World Cup.”

Parreira said Safa is working on finalising friendlies against Argentina (May 27, Soccer City), Colombia and Bolivia in the build-up to the World Cup to add to existing games against China on April 28 in Germany and Denmark at Soccer City on June 5, a week before the World Cup kick-off against Mexico at the same venue.

Bafana will be based at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach in Germany before their final camp in South Africa building up to the World Cup kick-off.


Bafana squad

Goalkeepers: Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Shu-Aib Walters (Maritzburg United)

Defenders: Matthew Booth, Siboniso Gaxa, Siyanda Xulu, Innocent Mdledle (all Sundowns), Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport), Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows), Lucas Thwala (Pirates)

Midfielders: Franklyn Cale, Surprise Moriri, Lebohang Mokoena (all Sundowns), Daylon Claasen (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland), Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town), Andile Jali, Teko Modise (both Pirates), Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala (both Chiefs)

Strikers: Gert Schalkwyk, Katlego Mashego (all Pirates), Katlego Mphela (Sundowns) and Siyabonga Nomvete (Moroka Swallows)

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