South Africa has included four new faces in their strong squad for the two international friendly matches against Ivory Coast in the Nelson Mandela Challenge and Zimbabwe.
Bafana will play Ivory Coast in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on November 12 in Port Elizabeth and three days later, on November 15, face Zimbabwe in an international friendly in Harare.
The squad features four new faces; Siyabonga Nontshinga of Jomo Cosmos, Musa Bilankulu of Golden Arrows, Granwald Scott of Ajax Cape Town and George Lebese of Kaizer Chiefs.
The squad includes left wing-back Tsepo Masilela of Spanish La Liga side Getafe and Anele Ngcongca who was part of the Genk side that drew 1-1 against Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.
There is Siboniso Gaxa who turns out for Lierse SK in the Belgian league. With Ngcongca they will get a chance to spar against Warriors left-back Vusa Nyoni who plays for Germinal Beerschot in the same league.
Captain Steven Pienaar, who plays for English Premiership giants Tottenham Hotspur and only returned from injury last week, has also been named in the squad.
Khumalo, a Tottenham player on loan to Championship side Reading will also make the trip to Zimbabwe. Crystal Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi has also been called up.
The Warriors are expected to name their squad today and not many changes are expected in the line-up.
Said team manager Sharif Mussa yesterday: “We are still finalising some issues and perhaps tomorrow (today), the coach (Norman Mapeza), could be ready with the team.”
AmaZulu goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini, Dynamos number one Washington Arubi and Motor Action’s Marlon Jani are likely to be called up. FC Platinum’s Tafadzwa Dube is also a contender.
Kaizer Chiefs defenders Thomas Sweswe and Zhaimu Jambo, midfielders Tinashe Nengomasha, Willard Katsande and Lincoln Zvasiya, the Mamelodi Sundowns pair of Method Mwanjali and Nyasha Mushekwi, Ajax Cape Town’s Tafadzwa Rusike and Khama Billiat are some of the foreign-based players expected.
Germany-based Knowledge Musona, Ovidy Karuru (France), Nyoni (Belgium) and Quincy Antipas (Denmark), are also expected to feature. Mapeza can also opt to give locally-based players some game time. Cuthbert Malajila, leading scorer Rodreck Mutuma, Erick Mudzingwa, Tapuwa Khumbuyani and Charles Sibanda are likely to be called up.
Goalkeepers: Moeneeb Josephs, Wayne Sandilands
Defenders: Morgan Gould, Happy Jele, Siboniso Gaxa, Tsepo Masilela, Bongani Khumalo, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Sangweni, Punch Masenamela, Musa Bilankulu, Bevan Fransman
Midfielders: Daylon Claasen, Hlompho Kekana, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Oupa Manyisa, Thanduyise Khuboni, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Teko Modise, Granwald Scott, George Lebese, George Maluleka, Steven Pienaar
Strikers: Kermit Erasmus, Siyabonga Nontshinga, Katlego Mphela and Bradley Grobler.