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Players called up for international duty as Nations Cup preparations take centre stage

Players from South Africa Premier Soccer League clubs will see international action over the next few days in the final run out of the year with an emphasis on Africa Cup of Nations preparations.

But foreign players based at South African clubs have also been called up by countries who are not competing at the Nations Cup in January but using the Fifa date on November 14 for an international warm-up.

Namibia, for example, travel to Rwanda for a friendly in Kigali and named striker Henrico Botes of Platinum Stars, Rudolph Bester of Orlando Pirates and the new Pretoria University signing Ronald Ketjirere.

Ghana named the Maritzburg’s new defender Mohamed Awal and SuperSport United’s midfield hard man Edwin Gyimah for their friendly against the Cape Verde Islands.

The pair will be traveling after the weekend’s PSL assignments for Portugal where the game is being hosted.

Awal has made a strong impression at Maritzburg since he signed from Asante Kotoko in June. “It was great to get the call-up. People back home watch me on DSTV, so that know what I am doing at Maritzburg.”

Gyimah returns to the squad after being left out for the two African Nations Cup qualifiers against Malawi.

Togo called up the Free State Stars pair of Dove Wome and Sadate Ouro-Akoriko for their tough friendly away in Morocco.

Ouro-Akoriko scored the winning goal for Stars against Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday.

Niger will want goalkeeper Kassaly Daouda of Chippa United for their home friendly against Senegal.

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