The first two official matches of Molefi Ntseki as a Bafana Bafana coach will provide him with a true test, not only in terms of how difficult the opponents are going to, be but also the schedule.
This was evident when Ntseki announced his 25-man to play Ghana and Sudan in the 2021 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) on the 14th and 17th of November, respectively.
The team will assemble on the 10th and depart for Accra the following day where they play the first Group D game against the Black Stars.
Announcing his team at the SABC headquarters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg on Tuesday, Ntseki says they’ve got a plan in place for these two qualifiers.
The game against Ghana comes hot on the heels of the election of the new Ghana Football Association (GFA) executive led by Kurt Okraku, who was elected this past weekend.
This follows two spells of Normalization Committees that were appointed by FIFA following the banning of former President and Caf Vice-President Kwesi Nyatankyi on bribery and corruption charges.
Ntseki says off- the-field issues will have no bearing on this game.
Ntseki has only made few changes to the team which beat Mali 2-1 in an international friendly in October. He’s kept the majority of the squad and only returned Aubrey Modiba, Thamsanqa Mkhize and Sifiso Hlanti to cover for the injured Keagan Dolly.
Ntseki has more on why he’s kept the bulk of the squad from the Mali game.
Bafana will play their second qualifier against Sudan at Orlando Stadium on the 17th at 15:00. This means that they will only have one training session after returning from Ghana on Friday.
This makes it imperative that SAFA should assist Ntseki and his technical team by having a match scout or analyst when Sudan plays Sao Tome e Principe.
– Report by Velile Mnyandu
A question was asked about @SuperSportFC striker Thamsanqa Gabuza and Ntseki responds…. #sabcnew @SPORTATSABC @BafanaBafana pic.twitter.com/mGg6KH8Nah
— Velile Mnyandu ?? (@Velile_Mnyandu) October 29, 2019
BAFANA BAFANA AFCON 2021 FIXTURES:
14 November 2019
Ghana vs South Africa (a)
17 November 2019
South Africa vs Sudan (h)
4 September 2020
South Africa vs Sao Tome e Principe (h)
8 September 2020
Sao Tome e Principe vs South Africa (a)
10 October 2020
South Africa vs Ghana (h)
13 November 2020
Sudan vs South Africa (a)
SOUTH AFRICA vs GHANA – HEAD-TO-HEAD
P W D L GF GA
11 5 3 3 11 10
SOUTH AFRICA VS SUDAN HEAD-TO-HEAD
P W D L GF GA
2 2 0 0 5 1
SA SENIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM LIST vs Ghana & Sudan
Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
|1.||Darren KEET||OH Leuven FC (Belgium)|
|2.||Ronwen WILLIAM||Supersport United FC (SA)|
|3.||Ricardo GOSS||Bidvest Wits FC (SA)|
|4.||Erick MATHOHO||Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)|
|5.||S’fiso HLANTI||Bidvest Wits (SA)|
|6.||Buhle MKHWANAZI||Bidvest Wits FC (SA)|
|7.||Thulani HLATSHWAYO (C)||Bidvest Wits FC (SA)|
|8.||Thapelo MORENA||Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)|
|9.||Thamsanqa MKHIZE||Cape Town City FC (SA)|
|10.||Innocent MAELA||Orlando Pirates FC (SA)|
|11.||MOSA LEBUSA||Mamelodi Sundowns (SA)|
|12.||Kamohelo MOKOTJO||Brentfort FC (England)|
|13.||Bongani ZUNGU||Amiens FC (France)|
|14.||Thato MOKEKE||Cape Town City FC (SA)|
|15.||Dean FURMAN||Supersport United FC (SA)|
|16.||Lebohang PHIRI||Guingamp FC (France)|
|17.||Mothobi MVALA||Highlands Park FC (SA)|
|18.||Themba ZWANE||Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)|
|19.||Thembinkosi LORCH||Orlando Pirates FC (SA)|
|20.||Percy TAU||Club Brugge FC (Belgium)|
|21.||Thulani SERERO||Al Jazira FC (Abu Dhabi)|
|22.||AUBREY MODIBA||Supersport United FC (SA)|
|23.||Lebo MOTHIBA||Strasbourg FC (France)|
|24.||Bradley GROBLER||Supersport United FC (SA)|
|25.||Kermit ERASMUS||Cape Town City FC (SA)|