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Mahamutsa (32) got his first ever Bafana call-up to face Swaziland, and Igesund confirmed that his call-up to the national team is temporary, as he's preparing for Chan 2014

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund took time to explain his decision to finally reward Orlando Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa with an international call-up.

Mahamutsa has put up a series of solid performances in recent months, and Igesund believes that the Pirates centre-back is the best player in the country right now.

“Mahamutsa for me, at the moment, is the popular most outstanding player in the country,” Igesund told reporters. “The more I watch him, the more I get impressed,” he said.

The 32-year-old Mahamutsa scored the important goal in the second leg of the Caf Champions League against Esperance a few weeks ago, and Igesund said that he has been impressed with his commitment.

“He’s been absolutely outstanding. He’s a warrior. He’s committed. He’s playing like a teenager,” said Igesund of Mahamutsa. “As I said, I am preparing this team for two months time. I know he’s 32, but as I said this match is for matches (Chan 2014) in two months time,” added Igesund.

Bafana squad to face Swaziland in full:

Goalkeepers

Senzo Meyiwa (Orlando Pirates), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)

Defenders

Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Rooi Mahamutsa, Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba (all Orlando Pirates), Tefu Mashamaite, Tsepo Masilela (both Kaizer Chiefs), Buhle Mkhwanazi (AmaTuks) and Tshepo Gumede (Platinum Stars)

Midfielders

Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala (both Kaizer Chiefs), Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Daine Klate (all Orlando Pirates), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Thuso Phala (SuperSport United), Hlompho Kekana, Bongani Zungu (both Mamelodi Sundowns).

Forwards

Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Edward Manqele (Moroka Swallows), Lennox Bacela, Kermit Erasmus (both Orlando Pirates).

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