Gordon Igesund has dropped South Africa's Afcon captain due to lack of game time for club side PAOKGordon Igesund named Bafana Bafana's World Cup qualifier squad on Thursday with a few surprise omissions which included Bafana Bafana's Afcon captain Bongani Khumalo.
It is believed that Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Ithumeleng Khune could lead Bafana Bafana against the Central Africa Republic in Cape Town.
Igesund explained his selection decisions following the announcement and discussed the upcoming tie.
"Everybody is aware that he played his first game for his team (Greek club PAOK) last week," Igesund said.
"He's carrying a slight injury. I've chosen not to choose him on the strength that he has not been playing for his club."
"Sometimes we make too much of captaincy, there are many players who are leaders and I think Khune will do a good job."
World Cup qualification is an essential target for Igesund and he believes that Bafana Bafana has the capability to make it to Brazil in 2014.
"We need to continue from where we left off in the Afcon tournament. I still believe we have a good chance of qualifying for Brazil in 2014, provided we win our upcoming match ang go and do well in the two away matches," he said.
Igesund is gearing up for his first World Cup qualifier in charge of Bafana Bafana and faces a tough task against CAR.
"They are a very dangerous team. We will play them home and away and it is important for us to get the win at home," he said.
"They're very strong and physical, but if we can move the ball around and keep it on the ground we'll do well."The Central Africa Republic lie one point ahead of Bafana in the qualification group standings and are two points behind leaders Ethiopia. Botswana sit in last place with one point.