Nt­seki to name his Bafana squad to­day

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BAFANA Bafana will to­day name the squad to play friendlies against Zam­bia and Namibia dur­ing the Oc­to­ber Fifa in­ter­na­tional pe­riod next week.

The de­tails of the matches have not been fi­nalised and the South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) are wait­ing on gov­ern­ment to con­firm whether flights will be al­lowed into and out of the coun­try.

One of the matches will be the an­nual Nel­son Man­dela Chal­lenge. Ini­tially, it was sched­uled for Wind­hoek, but it will now be played in South Africa.

Both Namibia and Zam­bia have stolen a march on Bafana Bafana who are likely to move into camp on Sun­day.

Zam­bia’s 40-man squad have been train­ing in Lusaka for the past week un­der their new coach Mi­cho Sre­do­je­vic, who as a for­mer Or­lando Pi­rates men­tor will know the South African play­ers well.

All the play­ers have been drawn from the do­mes­tic league but Sre­do­je­vic has in­di­cated that some for­eign-based Zam­bians will join the squad ahead of the trip to South Africa.

Namibia’s ‘Brave War­riors’ have also been in camp, in Wind­hoek, where their squad of 35 lo­cally-based play­ers have been work­ing out un­der in­terim coach Bobby Sa­maria.

Robert Nauseb, who played for more than a decade in South Africa for clubs like Kaizer Chiefs, Ajax Cape Town, Bloem­fontein Celtic and En­gen San­tos, will be Sa­maria’s as­sis­tant.

The two friendlies will help Bafana Bafana pre­pare for Africa Cup of Na­tions (Afcon) qual­i­fiers in Novem­ber when there will be back-to-back (home and away) matches against São Tomé e Príncipe. Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Nt­seki (pic­tured) will an­nounce the squad as well as match de­tails at Safa House in Jo­han­nes­burg to­day.

It is likely that Nt­seki will name only lo­cally-based play­ers although he has made con­tact with sev­eral play­ers abroad in the hope of se­cur­ing their ser­vices.

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