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Hlatshwayo withdrawn from Bafana squad

Bafana Bafana suffered an injury blow ahead of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Mauritania.

FILE: Bafana Bafana suffered an injury blow ahead of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Mauritania.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana suffered an injury blow ahead of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Mauritania on Saturday, and the Nelson Mandela Challenge game with Senegal on the 8th of September.

Thulani Hlatshwayo has withdrawn from the squad due to a right thigh muscle strain. A MRI scan confirmed the injury and he has subsequently been replaced by Clayton Daniels, of SuperSport United.

Bafana Bafana started training on Sunday. Daniels has already arrived in camp and trained with the squad in their first session on Monday.

The national team's also stressing over the availability of Thulani Serero and Tsepo Masilela. Serero's club Ajax Amsterdam had written a letter to the South African Football Association (Safa) stating the player is injured.

It's a similar problem with Masilela who hasn't reported for national duty.

Kaizer Chiefs informed Bafana that the player's knee has flared up again, and needs to be rested.

Both Serero and Masilela have been asked to come to camp for medical assessment.

Coach Shakes Mashaba has said that if Masilela is unavailable for the games then he will not be replaced as there is enough cover in the squad.

The squad is also awaiting the arrival of Dean Furman who had travelled to England as well as, Mandla Masango (Denmark), Ayanda Patosi (Belgium) and Daylon Claasen (Germany) - all expected to arrive on Tuesday.

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