Sundowns new signing Mashego released from Bafana Bafana camp due to injury

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Terrence Mashego of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Terrence Mashego of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Bafana Bafana have been dealt another injury blow as left-back Terrence Mashego had to withdraw from the men's national senior squad on Wednesday ahead of the friendly matches against Sierra Leone.

"Warm welcome to Siyanda Msani to camp, as Terrence Mashego is released due to injury," the Bafana media team confirmed on their Twitter account.

Mashego recently completed a move from Cape Town City to Masandawana over the weekend ahead of the Premier Soccer League transfer window deadline on Thursday, 22 September.

The 26-year-old has been subject to a move to either Sundowns or Kaizer Chiefs since the start of the year, but ultimately chose to sign for the Brazilians.

Mashego joins Lyle Foster who was released from the squad on Tuesday and replaced by Kaizer Chiefs speedster Ashley Du Preez.

Meanwhile, defender Siyanda Xulu had replaced Thibang Phete (injury) prior to the squad meeting on Monday.

Replacing Mashego in the Bafana 23-man camp will be Msani, who also falls on the books of Sundowns but is currently serving a season-long loan deal at Premiership newbies Richards Bay.

"With regards to Terrence, he sustained an injury prior to joining the Bafana camp," said Bafana team doctor Tshepo Molobi.

"As a standard procedure, in the case where a player is injured, he presents to the national team for assessment and investigations.

"Based on that a decision is taken whether to release the player or keep him within camp, with regards to that, he has not trained since arrival.

"We secured radiology investigations on Wednesday morning, a scan which did confirm the left thigh injury, confirming our suspicions. We have released him from camp."

This will be Msani's first call up to the national team alongside Du Preez, Melusi Buthelezi, Sibongiseni Mthethwa, Luke Le Roux, Mihlali Mayambela, Khanyisa Mayo and Pule Mmodi as the uncapped players in the squad.

South Africa will entertain the Leone Stars on Saturday, 24 September (15:00), before taking on neighbours, the Zebras, on Tuesday, 27 September (18:00).

Both fixtures will be played at FNB Stadium.

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