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Bafana calls up inexperienced keepers

Uncapped Siyabonga Mpontshane and Brilliant Khuzwayo have been called up to the team.

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa called up two inexperienced goalkeepers on Tuesday as coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba selected his first squad since the murder of captain Senzo Meyiwa last month.

Uncapped Siyabonga Mpontshane and Brilliant Khuzwayo, who has played once for the national team, were called up alongside Belgian-based Darren Keet for this month's African Nations Cup qualifiers.

Mashaba last week cancelled plans to name his squad for the 15 November match at home to Sudan and the 19 November game in Nigeria out of respect for Meyiwa, who was buried on Saturday after an official funeral attended by some 40,000 people at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium.

South Africa also moved the Group A qualifier against Sudan to the World Cup stadium in Meyiwa's hometown as a tribute to the 27-year-old.

Meyiwa was shot and killed on 26 October while visiting his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo at her mother's house in Vosloorus.

Authorities yesterday revealed that they believe the shooting of the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain was a robbery gone horribly wrong.

The murder of the national soccer team captain brought starkly back into the spotlight the high levels of violent crime in South Africa.