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Igesund withdraws Pirates call-ups

Coach Gordon Igesund agrees to let Pirates keep six players who were called up for the national team.

FILE: Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund addresses members of the press in KwaZulu-Natal on 1 February 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has withdrawn national call-ups given to six Orlando Pirates players for the friendlies against Nigeria and Burkina Faso next week.

This follows Pirates' appeal to retain Senzo Meyiwa, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Thabo Matlaba and Daine Klate for the CAF Champions League match against Zamalek next week Saturday.

Igesund has so far replaced some of the players with Bennett Chenene and David Mathebula of SuperSport United.

Pirates head administrator Floyd Mbele has welcomed the decision.