Mashaba picks squad to face Gambia

Orlando Pirates striker, Thamsanqa Gabuza, has also made a surprise inclusion into the team.

FILE: Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba has named his squad to travel to Bakau to play Gambia in his team's penultimate Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Mashaba says there is still a lot to play for.

"Everyone has ruled us out, but that doesn't mean we must go there like sheep to be slaughtered. There's a lot to play for. All the players on the list were selected on merit. Also, the way we see things will differ."

Looking to develop younger players and give them a shot at senior level, Mashaba says he wishes he could've picked more inexperienced players.

"Players in junior teams are for the future. I would've brought in an U20 player too if they weren't travelling."

The match takes place on Saturday, 4 June at Independence Stadium in Bakau, and kicks off at 19:00 SA time.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Jackson Mabokgwane, Brighton Mhlongo

Defenders: Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Diamond Thopola, Thabo Matlaba, Erick Mathoho, Sifiso Hlanti, Rivaldo Coetzee, Teboho Langerman

Midfielders: Andile Jali, Thulani Serero, Thapelo Morena, Mpho Makola, Mandla Masango, Hlompho Kekana, Keagan Dolly, Dean Furman, May Mahlangu

Strikers: Thamsanqa Gabuza, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Ndumiso Mabena, Thobani Mncwango.