South Africa will play their first friendly international in Swaziland on Friday night, with a squad dominated by Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates players
Mdludli, Mamba, Dlamini, Mkhweli
Mazibuko, Badenhorst, Lukhele, Nxumalo
Jele, Mahamutsa, Nthethe, Masilela
Tshabalala, Jali, Letsholonyane, Phala
Gordon Igesund has selected a squad largely consisting of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs players, with the coach hoping to name a similar combination of players for the continental tournament.
A large contingent of Buccaneers players have travelled to Mbabane, with the likes of Rooi Mahamutsa being rewarded for his exceptional form in the Caf Champions League.
Daine Klate is the only player to have pulled out of the friendly, as the Pirates' winger continues to nurse a knee injury.
The side will be expected to defeat a Swaziland outfit which has been beset by changes, both in playing personnel and the coaching department.
The axing of Belgian coach Valere Billen will see Harries Bulunga take charge of the game, with the interim coach naming a squad without much international experience.
With kick-off set for 20:30 on Friday night, South Africa will look to put their neighbours to the sword at Somhlolo National Stadium.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This will be the first time South Africa has played their landlocked neighbours in Swaziland, with the other three encounters between the sides being contested during Cosafa Cup tournaments.
- Many of the Swaziland players will be unknown to South African fans, but the popularity of the PSL will mean the reverse for Bafana Bafana, with many Swazi supporters looking forward to seeing their stars in action.
- Bafana willl play with a wholly different squad when they face world and European champions Spain next week Tuesday.
- Swaziland have not won a friendly international since October 2012.