Bafana may want May – Safa

‘We never banned him and if he’s play­ing well, he’ll get his chance’

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE [email protected]

THE DOOR is still open for Bul­garia-based mid­fielder May Mahlangu in the Bafana Bafana set-up.

Mahlangu hasn’t ap­peared for Bafana in more than a year now. He is cur­rently ply­ing his trade for Lu­do­gorets Raz­grad in Bul­garia where he is a reg­u­lar starter.

Mahlangu last played for the na­tional team un­der Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba but then was dis­carded af­ter de­clin­ing a Bafana call-up dur­ing the Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fiers.

Safa pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan has now made it clear that the door is still open for Mahlangu. “He is our player and we never banned him from the na­tional team. If he is do­ing well, he’ll get his chance,” Jor­daan said.

Mahlangu has amassed 18 SA caps, and has net­ted two goals since mak­ing his debut back in 2012. He rep­re­sented Bafana dur­ing the 2013 Africa Cup of Na­tions (Afcon) in Mzansi.

“Ev­ery player who has a South African ID has the right to play for his na­tional team as long as he is per­form­ing,” Jor­daan added.

Kamo­h­elo Mokotjo and Thu­lani Serero also faced the same sit­u­a­tion but have since made their re­turn to the se­nior na­tional team.

Bafana need one point to qual­ify for the Afcon. They are cur­rently sec­ond on the log with nine points af­ter two wins and three draws.

Safa are in the process of try­ing to or­gan­is­ing camps for Bafana but are find­ing it dif­fi­cult as they do not have prospec­tive dates. The next play­ing date is March when they play Libya. The coach prefers to play the qual­i­fier first and then the friendly af­ter that.

The Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (Caf) have stripped Cameroon of the rights of host­ing the Afcon next year due to their slow­ness in their prepa­ra­tions for Africa’s big­gest show­piece in foot­ball.

South Africa and Morocco have emerged as the two favourites to host the tour­na­ment. SA have suc­cess­fully hosted two Af­cons, in 1996 and 2013.

Caf are set to an­nounce the new hosts for the Afcon next month. Bafana will be re­lieved if the Afcon does come here. As things stand Bafana can’t af­ford to lose to Libya in their last qual­i­fier as they will then miss out on next year’s Afcon.

But if Caf de­cide to hand Bafana the host­ing rights then they will be guar­an­teed a place in Afcon.

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