Bax­ter over­hauls Bafana squad

New-look team faces Ly­bia in Af­con qual­i­fier

Sunday World - - Sport - By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Bafana Bafana coach Stu­art Bax­ter has ex­plainedthe many changes he’s made to the na­tional team ahead of the clash against Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Na­tions (Af­con) qual­i­fier at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium on Satur­day [2pm].

From his last Bafana team that played Sene­gal in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qual­i­fiers late last year, Bax­ter has made about 10 ad­just­ments.

The likes of Te­bogo Langer­man, Wayne Sandi­lands, Dino Ndlovu, EricMathoho, Clay­ton Daniels, Mor­gan Gould and Andile Jali haven’t made the cut.

Bafana were also in­volved in the Cosafa Cup in Polok­wane in June, but that squad was made up of lo­cal-based play­ers.

“Whenwe played Sene­gal in Novem­ber, we iden­ti­fied what will move us along the road to the Af­con and fur­ther on.

“From that squad to this squad, we have an 11-man swing and this is a small squad be­cause our se­cond game has been can­celled,” Bax­ter said.

He opted for a 22-man squad after fail­ing to se­cure a friendly that he wanted to be played after the Libya match.

“Not all those play­ers who are not in this squad are out of the pic­ture,” he con­tin­ued.

“I think one of the things we’ve had to change is our think­ing about re­spect­ing the play­ers.

“We can’t be­bringin­g­ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to camp for one game and have them to sit on the stands for no ap­par­ent rea­son,” Bax­ter added.

Bafana as­sem­ble for camp in Jo­han­nes­burg to­day and leave for Dur­ban to­mor­row to start their prepa­ra­tions.

Khune (Chiefs), Wil­liams (SS Utd), Keet (Wits)

Mphahlele (Chiefs), Madisha (Sun­downs),

Xulu (Mar­itzburg), Maela (Pi­rates), Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi (all Wits).

Fur­man, Mokoena (both SS Utd), Ndlovu (Mar­itzburg), Kekana, Vi­lakazi (both Sun­downs), Zungu (Amiens, France), Mokotjo (Brent­ford, Eng­land).

Zwane (Sun­downs),

Dolly (Mont­pel­lier, France), Tau (Royal Union, Bel­gium), Moth­iba (Lille, France), Grob­ler (SS Utd).

/ Sa­muel Shivambu/Back­pagePix

Bafana Bafana goal­keeper Itume­leng Khune has made the cut for the na­tional team game against Libya.

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