In the Club­house

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How your club will be af­fected by the 2017 Na­tions Cup … Vera Pauw bids Banyana farewell … New Baroka sign­ing Richard Mat­loga hits the ground run­ning

When the Premier Soc­cer League takes a seven-week break for the African Na­tions Cup fi­nals in Gabon in Jan­uary, fewer than 10 play­ers from South Africa’s do­mes­tic cham­pi­onship could be in­volved for their re­spec­tive coun­tries. The fail­ure of Bafana Bafana to qual­ify for the con­ti­nen­tal fi­nals means in all like­li­hood only a hand­ful of play­ers – and teams – will be af­fected. Zim­babwe have eight play­ers in the PSL who could travel to Gabon, though that num­ber could be con­sid­er­ably less. Wil­lard Kat­sande (Kaizer Chiefs) should make the cut, but it is un­likely that all of Cuth­bert Mala­jila (Bid­vest Wits), Evans Rusike (Mar­itzburg United), Tendai Ndoro (Or­lando Pi­rates), Charl­ton Mashumba (High­lands Park) and Ku­dak­washe Ma­hachi (Golden Ar­rows) will go. The lat­ter’s team­mate at Ar­rows, Danny Phiri, has also been in and out of the side, while vet­eran full-back Onis­mor Bhasera (Su­per­Sport United) will likely travel. Uganda also have three play­ers that should make their team’s squad in De­nis Onyango (Mamelodi Sun­downs, pic­tured), Ge­ofrey Massa and Khalid Au­cho (both Baroka FC). Oth­ers play­ers on the fringes of their na­tional team who look des­tined to be ig­nored are Sene­gal mid­fielder Issa Sarr and Ghana de­fender Ed- win Gy­imah (both Or­lando Pi­rates). Kaizer Chiefs for­ward Camal­dine Abraw may have trav­elled with Togo had he not suf­fered a long-term in­jury, while his com­pa­triot Dove Wome from Su­per­Sport ap­pears to have fallen down the peck­ing or­der de­spite be­ing named in a 49-man pre­lim­i­nary squad by his coach Claude Le Roy. By Nick Said

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