Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has named Morgan Gould in his 25-man squad to face Cape Verde in back-to-back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Baxter kept faith with majority of the squad that collected maximum points away to Nigeria in the opening match of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers bar four players.
The selection of Gould caught many by surprise as he has been absence from the national team for a while but Baxter felt his current form and experience will be helpful in a short term.
Thulani Serero, Daylon Klaasen and Bradley Grobler were also recalled with Lorenzo Gordinho, Aubrey Ngoma, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Sibusiso Vilakazi the unlucky four to miss out from the squad that went to Nigeria.
Baxter said he kept the bulk of the players from the Nigeria game as there was no need to fix something that is not broken.
“It was important that we retain the bulk of the squad for the sake of continuity. We would have wanted to see some more players, but on the other hand it is crucial that we don’t tamper much with a winning side – if it ain’t broken, why fix it?
“I am confident that we will do well with this side because if you think about it, this will be a continuation of the work we did in the last camp against Nigeria – too many changes will mean all the work we did in the previous match would have been thrown away.” baxter Said.
Bafana takes on Cape Verde on Friday, 1 September 2017 at the Estadio Nacional Stadium in Cape Verde at 20h30 SA time. The return leg will be played four days later (5 September) at the Moses Mabhida Stadium at 19h00.
Bafana have four points so far after playing to a 1-1 draw away to Burkina Faso before winning 2-1 against the group favourite Senegal in Polokwane.
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)
Defenders: Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town), Mulomowandau Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Morgan Gould (SuperSport United), Abbubaker Mobara (Orlando Pirates), Sifiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits), Tebogo Langerman (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Midfielders: Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier), Andile Jali (KV Oostende), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Serero (Vitesse), Bongani Zungu (Vitoria Guimaraes)
Strikers:Daylon Claasen (Bidvest Wits), Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City), Tokelo Rantie (Gençlerbirliği), Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United), Kermit Erasmus (RC Lens).
Written by: Diski Voice