Mashaba con­tent with his makeshift Bafana squad

The Star Early Edition - - CRICKET - Jumping the queue for se­lec­tion for Af­con.” The tra­di­tion-steeped fix­ture takes place at Mbombela Sta­dium in Nel­spruit on a date not des­ig­nated by Fifa for in­ter­na­tional matches, caus­ing the na­tional team coach to an­nounce a de­pleted squad. Safa pres­i­dent

com­mit­ment to rep­re­sent their coun­try in what re­mains an oc­ca­sion of great sig­nif­i­cance in hon­our­ing Madiba.”

But hardly had the ink dried on the names of the 23 play­ers on Tues­day when Kaizer Chiefs and Wits an­nounced they would not re­lease some of their play­ers.

Soon af­ter­wards Chippa United placed doubts on the avail­abil­ity of goal-scor­ing striker David Zulu, cit­ing he had an in­jury and might not be fit in time to play against the Ivo­rians.

Mean­while for­mer Bafana and Black Aces coach Clive Barker, the only coach to guide South Africa to a ma­jor soc­cer ti­tle when Bafana an­nexed the African Na­tions Cup in 1996, said he was “crit­i­cal of any­one de­priv­ing a player of the right

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