Injured duo forced to withdraw from Bafana squad

Bafana Bafana defender Thamsanqa Mkhize

Goalkeeper Brandon Petersen and defender Thamsanqa Mkhize have been withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad that will face Mali in a Nelson Mandela Challenge encounter this weekend.

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Wits shot-stopper Petersen and Cape Town City captain Mkhize have been forced out of the national side due to injuries.

Ricardo Goss of Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic's Tshepo Rikhotso have been called up to replace the injured duo.

The clash against Mali, which will be played at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, will be the first match in charge for new Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki.

Ntseki will use the game against Mali to fine-tune his players for the upcoming Afcon qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan that will be played next month.

Bafana Bafana squad

Goalkeepers

Darren Keet (Leuven, Belgium), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Ricardo Goss (Bidvest Wits)

Defenders

Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Tshepo Rikhotso (Bloem Celtic), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford, England), Thato Mokeke (CT City), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Lebogang Phiri (Guingamp, France), Bongani Zungu (Amiens, France), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Serero (Al Jazira, Abu Dhabi), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier, France)

Forwards

Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg, France), Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United), Kermit Erasmus (CT City) Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Percy Tau (Club Brugge, Belgium)

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