The Bafana Bafana camp continues to be affected by injuries ahead of their crucial international friendly match against one of the top West African sides, Mali, in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
All the players have arrived in camp following the arrival of Percy Tau and Kamohelo Mokotjo from Belgium and England respectively on Tuesday morning. Tau who got injured during club Brugge’s 4-0 win over Gent this past weekend was being attended to at the hotel by the medical team when other players were training this morning at FNB stadium according to media officer Matlhomola Morake.
Supersport United duo of Dean Furman and Ronwen Williams, along with French-based striker Lebogang Mothiba watched the training session from the sidelines. Another French-based player Bongani Zungu looks to be a serious concern ahead of this game.
Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Brandon Petersen and Cape Town City’s Thamsanqa Mkhize have been withdrawn because of injuries. Ricardo Goss of Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic’s Tshepo Rikhotso have been called up to replace them.
Meanwhile, after helping Supersport United to their third MTN8 title this past weekend, striker Bradley Grobler is hoping to transfer this form to the national team.
Grobler has scored a total of seven goals and provided three assists from 10 matches in all competitions this season and he’s hoping that come Sunday at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, he will start firing for Bafana.
Grobler’s career has been ravaged by injuries especially after returning from Turkey and this also stalled his progress at the international level. What is he doing differently this season that has kept him on the field?
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Grobler scored the all-important winning goal when United beat Highlands Park 1-0 at Orlando stadium this past weekend. It was also the first trophy to be won by their head coach at the club Kaitano Tembo. Grobler also dealt with a question today, that was insinuating that Tembo and Bafana newly appointed head coach Molefi Ntseki were low profile type of coaches.
With some injury doubts at Bafana this week especially around the attackers like Tau and Mothiba, this could also open the opportunity for Grobler especially after such a fine start into the new season. Will Ntseki’s system also work into his favour?