South Africa coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has announced a squad of 34 players to contest the upcoming Afcon 2015 qualifying games against the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Sudan.
Mashaba, who took over from former coach Gordon Igesund, has named his first squad since taking over the reigns to coach the AFCON 1996 winners.
There was a few shocks as the likes of Kermit Erasmus, Teko Modise, Kathlego Mphela, Thulani Serero and May Mahlangu were all omitted from the squad while Bernard Parker and Simphiwe Tshabalala are out injured.
However, the squad still has a few of the regulars, like first choice goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, Thabo Matlaba and Anele Ngcongca.
Twenty-five players will be available for the first game while the eight on the standby list will link up with the rest of the squad after the Sudan game to prepare for the Super Eagles clash.
South Africa will travel to Khartoum to face Sudan for their first group game on 5 September, before hosting the Super Eagles five days later in Cape Town.
.Bafana Bafana Full Squad
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Senzo Meyiwa, Dumisani Msibi.
Defenders: Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Anele Ngcongca, Rivaldo Coetzee, Sibusiso Khumalo,Thabo Matlaba, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Ayabulela Magqwaka, Mulomowandau Mathoho.
Midfielders: Dean Furman, Ayanda Patosi, Keagan Dolly, Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Mandla Masango, Kamohelo Mokotjo.
Strikers: Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, David Zulu, Bongi Ntuli.
Bafana Bafana Standby: Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Percy Tau, Nhlakanipho Ntuli, Siyanda Ngubo, Bongani Zungu, George Lebese.