Banyana Banyana forward Chantelle Esau is out of the 2018 COSAFA Cup squad after suffering a knee injury at training on Tuesday in Port Elizabeth.

Gabriela Salgado of JVW has been called up and is expected in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

Esau is the second player to be withdrawn from the squad following the departure of Tiisetso Makhubela who sustained a hamstring injury.

Makhubela has been replaced by Chuene Morifi who is also expected in camp on Wednesday.

Banyana Banyana opens the defense of their title with a clash against Madagascar at Wolfson Stadium on Wednesday.