Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has made nine changes to his squad to play in the Cosafa Cup.
The changes were necessitated as clubs withdrew players as the tournament does not fall on a Fifa sanctioned date.
“I’ve had a very tough time over the last five days trying to get the squad together,” said Igesund, announcing the squad at Safa house today.
“This is not a Fifa weekend or a Fifa tournament and all the clubs had the right to withdraw players.
“We had a squad of 20, nine players withdrew.”
Igesund said the clubs had been open with the national coach, and had been accommodating in their negotiations over players.
“I’ve had great co-operation from all the teams.
“For whatever reasons the clubs have withheld their players and I support that. I don’ t think the clubs have to justify themselves for withdrawing.”
Igesund felt his side could still compete at the tournament.
“I’m quite happy with the changes that have been made. We want to be competitive and it’s a great opportunity for young players.”
Igesund said having to make the alterations to his side was still part of his masterplan.
“We’ve got a masterplan. That’s to develop kids that will come through and this is an opportunity for players to play in a tournament that is important.”
The former Moroka Swallows boss added that he was yet to name a captain, as he had not had suffecient time – having only finalised the squad today – to decide on who the best candidate would be.
Bafana squad:Goalkeepers: Siyabonga Mpontshane, Wayne Sandilands.
Defenders: Bevan Fransman, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Sibusiso Khumalo, Musa Bilankulu, Lehlohonolo Nomyane, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Tshepo Gumede.
Midfielders: Luyolo Nomandela, Lerato Chabangu, Sibusiso Msomi, Hlompho Kekana, Lance Davids, Jabu Shongwe, Ruzaigh Gamildien.
Strikers: Katlego Mashego, Siyabonga Twala, Lebogang Manyama, Thabani Mthembu.
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