Igesund names squad to play Malawi

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has named his quad to take on Malawi later this month.

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has named his quad to take on Malawi later this month.

CAPE TOWN - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund on Tuesday announced his squad to take on Malawi in an international friendly match.

Igesund has kept the core of the team that lost 1-0 to Zambia at FNB Stadium in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in November.

Belgium-based midfielder Ayanda Patosi is the only newcomer into the squad, with defender Tsepo Masilela making a comeback into the team after a long lay-off due to injury.

The squad includes Russia-based defender Siyanda Xulu and the Orlando Pirates duo of goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa and forward Daine Klate.

The game takes place on December 22.

Kick-off is at 6pm.

Igesund said he has been focusing on building his team for the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament.

"I have been using the past five matches to look at various players and this one against Malawi is no different.

The only difference is that this is the last chance for me and my technical team to have a final look at what we have at our disposal.

"Time for observing and assessing the players is almost over. I believe this match will give us an indication of where we are and where we are going."

Igesund also announced 12 players that will go into a mini-training camp in Johannesburg from December 27-30.

The final Afcon squad will be announced after this camp.

"We initially intended to name the final squad after the match against Norway on the 9th of January next year.

But after careful consideration, we have decided to name the squad at the end of our upcoming December camp, so that when we start the January camp, we have all the players we are going to use in the Afcon tournament.

"That will enable them to play together during the last two preparation matches against Norway and Algeria."

GOAL KEEPERS:

Itumeleng KHUNE Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

Wayne SANDILANDS Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

Senzo MEYIWA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

DEFENDERS:

Bevan FRANSMAN Supersport United FC (SA)

Thabo NTHETHE Bloemfontein Celtic (SA)

Siyabonga SANGWENI Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

Siyanda XULU FC Rostov (Russia)

Siboniso GAXA Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

Tshepo MASILELA Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

Thabo MATLABA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

MIDFIELDERS:

Oupa MANYISA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

Reneilwe LETSHOLONYANE Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

Siphiwe TSHABALALA Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

Sifiso MYENI Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

Thanduyise KHUBONI Lamontville Golden Arrows FC (SA)

May MAHLANGU Helsingborg IF (Sweden)

Delron BUCKLEY Maritzburg United FC (SA)

Lerato CHABANGU Moroka Swallows FC (SA)

Thuso PHALA Platinum Stars FC (SA)

Ayanda PATOSI Lokeren FC (Belgium)

Daine KLATE Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

STRIKERS:

Bernard PARKER Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

Lehlohonolo MAJORO Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

Tokelo RANTIE Malmo FF (Sweden)

ADDITIONAL PLAYERS:

To join the 27 - 30 December training camp in Johannesburg

Darren KEET KV Kortrijk FC (Sweden)

Eric MATHOHO Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)

Anele NGCONGCA Racing Genk FC (Belgium)

Andile JALI Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

Teko MODISE Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

Bongani KHUMALO Paok FC (Greece)

Ricardo NUNES MSK Zilina FC (Slovakia)

Thulani SERERO Ajax Amsterdam FC (Holland)

Katlego MPHELA Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

Benni MCCARTHY Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

Kagisho DIKGACOI Crystal Palace (England)

Dean FURMAN Oldham Athletic (England)