Mashaba makes six changes to Bafana squad


Bafana Bafana head coach, Shakes Mashaba, has announced his squad that will be facing Mali in an international friendly at the Stade Monedan Stadium in Libreville, Gabon on Wednesday afternoon.

Mashaba has made six changes to the side that drew 1-1 against Cameroon in their international friendly match on the 10th of January.

Goalkeeper, Jackson Mabokgwane, will be starting ahead of teammate, Brilliant Khuzwayo, with midfielder, Siyabonga Nhlapho starting as right-back while defender, Anele Ngcongca moves into the central defence position with Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Thabo Matlaba will remain in the left-back position.

Midfielder, Dean Furman as well as Andile Jali will stay in their centre positions, with Thuso Phala and Mandla Masango, replacing Themba Zwane and Oupa Manyisa as right and left wings respectively.

Forward, Bongani Ndulula, has been placed at attacking midfielder along with Sibusiso Vilakazi.

This international friendly match has been set up in preparations for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which begins on the 17th of January.

Bafana will first be facing Algeria on the 19th of January at the Estadio de Mongomo Stadium in Equatorial Guinea.

Bafana XI vs Mali:

Jackson Mabokgwane (GK), Siyabonga Nhlapho, Thabo Matlaba, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Anele Ngcongca, Dean Furman, Andile Jali (C), Mandla Masango, Thuso Phala, Bongani Ndulula, Sibusiso Vilakazi


Darren Keet (GK), Brilliant Khuzwayo (GK), Ayanda Gcaba, Eric Mathoho, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Themba Zwane, Oupa Manyisa, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Bernard Parker

Not in match-day squad due to injury:

Tokelo Rantie, Rivaldo Coetzee