REVEALED: This is the Bafana Bafana squad that will play against Ghana in AFCON qualifiers

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The South African national team will face off with Ghana and Sudan in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers, next month, November, with Ntseki set for his first competitive run at the helm of Bafana.

South Africa will face the Black Stars in Accra on Thursday, November 14 and three days later will host Sudan on Sunday, November 17 in Soweto at the Orlando Stadium.

Ntseki retained the bulk of the players he selected for the Nelson Mandela Challenge earlier this month with Ronwen Williams, Eric Mathoho, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Dean Furman, Percy Tau, Bradley Grobler and Thembinkosi Lorch all cracking the nod.

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Defender Thulani Hlatshwayo remains the captain for the crucial encounters.

“These are very crucial matches in that they could determine our destiny in the competition. We have to start on a good footing and avoid playing catch-up as it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on everyone – the coaching staff, players and the even the fans,” Ntseki said.

“We have to make sure we start positively because winning brings about a lot of energy to the team, which makes the next assignment not easy but more manageable, but I am confident we will do well," he added.

Bafana Squad to Face Ghana And Sudan:

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Ricardo Goss

Defenders: Eric Mathoho, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Thapelo Morena, Sifiso Hlanti, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Innocent Maela, Mosa Lebusa

Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo, Bongani Zungu, Thato Mokeke, Dean Furman, Lebogang Phiri, Mothobi Mvala, Themba Zwane, Thembinkosi Lorch, Percy Tau, Thulani Serero, Aubrey Modiba

Strikers: Lebo Mothiba, Kermit Erasmus and Bradley Grobler

Along with Bafana Bafana, Ghana and Sudan in Group C are the lowly ranked Sao Tome Principe.

Two teams from the Group will qualify for AFCON 2021 to be held in Cameroon.

"These are very crucial matches in that they could determine our destiny in the competition," Ntseki continued.

"We have to start on a good footing and avoid playing catch-up as it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on everyone – the coaching staff, players and the even the fans.

"We have to make sure we start positively because winning brings about a lot of energy to the team, which makes the next assignment not easy but more manageable, but I am confident we will do well."

The squad will assemble for camp on Sunday, November 10 and depart for Ghana the next day – Monday, November 11.

They return to South Africa on Friday, November 15 to prepare for the Sudan fixture.


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