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Anele Ngcongca will play his first game under Gordon Igesund, picked at centre back for tonight’s international against African champions Zambia at Soccer City in Johannesburg

Ngcongca will partner Bongani Khumalo in the defence, coming in for the injured Siyabonga Sangweni who was hurt in league action at the weekend.

Ngcongca, from Belgian club Racing Genk, will interchange with Thabo Nthethe, who keeps his place in the side at right back after a solid showing in the win over Kenya in Nairobi last month, where Bafana Bafana beat the Harambee Stars.

Itumeleng Khune is restored to goal after being rested for the last international while Sifiso Myeni gets the nod on the left wing ahead of Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Tokelo Rantie and Bernard Parker will again lead the attack.

Zambia have Dutch-based striker Jacob Mulenga back in an experience-looking line-up, which is captained by Chris Katongo.

Mulenga missed the two qualifying games against Uganda in September and October that secured for Zambia a place at the upcoming African Nations Cup finals in South Africa.

South African-based players in Herve Renard’s selection include goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, playing for the seventh time against South Africa, Joseph Musonda and Davies Nkausu in defence.

But Orlando Pirates front man Collins Mbesuma starts on the bench.

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