Coach Baxter tinkers here and there with Bafana’s CHAN make-up
BAFANA Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has announced a 25-man squad to face Zambia in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.
The first leg clash of the third and final round will take place next week Saturday at a venue still to be announced.
Baxter has kept the bulk of the squad, making only five changes.
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bavuma, who was in the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup squad, returns after he missed out on the two-legged CHAN qualifiers against Botswana. He takes the place of Khulekani Kubheka.
In defence, Malebogo Modise and Junaid Sait make way for Denwin Farmer (SuperSport United) and Ayabulela Konqobe of Amazulu. SuperSport United midfielder, Teboho Mokoena is back in the squad after he was withdrawn before the second leg of the Botswana clash at Moruleng Stadium.
SA Under-20 international Masilakhe Phohlongo of Ajax Cape Town and Tshegofatso Mabaso of Bloemfontein Celtic are the new faces in the middle of the park. The strikeforce trio of Gift Motupa, Ryan Moon and Bonginkosi Ntuli has been retained.
The return leg will be played in Zambia on the weekend of August 18 to 20. The overall winner will qualify for the CHAN tournament, which is set to take place in Kenya from January 11 to February 2.
A total of 16 teams will qualify to play in the final tournament and only national team players who are playing in their country’s own domestic league are eligible to compete in the football showpiece.