Coach Bax­ter tin­kers here and there with Bafana’s CHAN make-up

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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.

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