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The Bafana coach must be wondering just what he has done wrong, because arguably his eight first-choice strikers are either out injured or carrying a knock ahead of the 2013 Afcon

Bernard Parker is the only one of his strikers that is currently playing and even he was not initially selected for Igesund’s first squad, before being drafted in later.

But Parker is carrying an ankle knock that forced him out at halftime of the match with Zambia earlier this month and although he has continued playing, the injury needs to be constantly managed and could flare up at any time.

Tokelo Rantie injured his troublesome knee in that game and faces at least three weeks on the sidelines, though it is also an old injury that returns from time to time.

The country’s number one striker, Katlego Mphela is a long-term absentee with a knee problem and his participation in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is in serious doubt.

The same goes for Moroka Swallows’ Siyabonga Nomvete, who had surgery on his toe recently and is doubtful.

Dino Ndlovu has just recently picked up a stress fracture in his foot and underwent an operation on Wednesday to repair the damage. He is also touch and go for the finals.     

Benni McCarthy keeps threatening to make a return from his hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined for two-and-a-half months, but never quite seems to make it. His long-term fitness is a worry with the tournament in mind too.

Kermit Erasmus was drafted in for the Zambian game but he now faces four weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.   

And Leeds United forward Davide Somma is slowly making his way back to fitness after a knee problem that has seen him miss the last 18 months, but he will not be anywhere near match fit for the Nations Cup tournament.

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