Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki is set to unleash the likes of Percy Tau and one of the younger strikers for the friendly game against Zambia on Sunday.
The Belgium-based player did not feature in Bafana’s 1-1 draw with Namibia in Rustenburg, in the North West, on Thursday.
Young forwards Luther Singh, who scored South Africa’s goal on the night and Lyle Foster were also impressive during the friendly game at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng.
Pairing one of them with Tau is on the cards.
“Percy was rested and so were the other players. They will feature in the next game on Sunday,” said Ntseki.
“Luther is a very talented player. I always tell him that he can be a match-winner for the national team. Lyle is a big boy, playing in Portugal and we are introducing him to the national team.”
The duo helped the Under-23s to Olympic Games qualification.
It has been almost a year since Ntseki worked with the players, against Sudan in the Afcon qualifiers in November last year.
“After nine months without national team football it was a good feeling for the boys to be back in camp,” he said.
The coach admitted that a draw was not the result they were looking for but conceded that the players’ fitness levels were a challenge.
“At half-time our players were starting to cramp and the medical team made us aware that we need to replace some players.
“The level of fitness is not where it needs to be. We are not happy with the result. We wanted to win it so that it gives us confidence going forward. But games are won by scoring goals and we didn’t do that.”
Ntseki is utilising the friendlies against Namibia and Zambia to prepare for the back to back Afcon qualifiers against São Tomé and Príncipe next month.
The coach feels Namibia offered a similar physical challenge as São Tomé will provide for Bafana.
“Namibia are not highly technical, but they play with heart and are very physical. That is why we felt that playing them will help us prepare for São Tomé because they are the same. The lessons from this game will help us manage the São Tomé game.”
Bafana face Zambia, also at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, on Sunday.
The game kicks off at 3pm and spectators are still prohibited in line with the stringent Covid-19 regulations under lockdown level 1.