Selection for Malawi friendly and additional players added afterwards likely to form basis for South Africa's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squadBafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has named his squad for the international friendly with Malawi at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on December 22.
Igesund also listed another 12 players who would join the team’s camp on December 27, with those 36 players then set to be trimmed to 23 for the Africa Cup of Nations on January 9, a day after Bafana play Norway in a friendly in Cape Town.
In the squad for the Malawi game there is a deserved call-up for 20-year-old attacking midfielder Ayanda Patosi, who has been outstanding for Lokeren in Belgium this season.
Russian-based defender Siyanda Xulu also gets a call after his exploits with FC Rostov over the past few months.
Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa is one of three goalkeepers, along with regular number one Itumeleng Khune and Wayne Sandilands.
May Mahlangu earns a recall after he missed the friendly with Zambia last month, while Platinum Stars’ in-form winger Thuso Phala keeps his place in the squad after making his debut against Chipolopolo.
Just three strikers have been selected, two coming from Kaizer Chiefs in Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro, as well as Malmo forward Tokelo Rantie.
The 12 players selected to join the squad on December 27 are largely made up of the overseas contingent, bar the Pirates pair of Benni McCarthy and Andile Jali, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns Katlego Mphela.
Included in the group is Thulani Serero, who is just returning from a hamstring injury that has kept him on the sidelines for two months at Ajax Amsterdam.
Additional players to join camp on December 27:
Darren Keet (Kortrijk, Belgium), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Anele Ngcongca (Genk, Belgium), Andile Jali (Orlando Pirates), Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongani Khumalo (PAOK, Greece), Ricardo Nunes (Zilina, Slovakia), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland), Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Benni McCarthy (Orlando Pirates), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic, England)
South Africa squad to face Malawi:
|Itumeleng Khune||Kaizer Chiefs
|Senzo Meyiwa||Orlando Pirates|
|Bevan Fransman||SuperSport United|
|Thabo Nthethe||Bloemfontein Celtic|
|Siyabonga Sangweni||Orlando Pirates
|Siyanda Xulu||FC Rostov, Russia|
|Siboniso Gaxa||Kaizer Chiefs
|Thabo Matlaba||Orlando Pirates|
|Oupa Manyisa||Orlando Pirates
|Reneilwe Letsholonyane||Kaizer Chiefs
|Siphiwe Tshabalala||Kaizer Chiefs
|Thanduyise Khuboni||Lamontville Golden Arrows|
|Lerato Chabangu||Moroka Swallows|
|Daine Klate||Orlando Pirates|
|Lehlohonolo Majoro||Kaizer Chiefs|