Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has been forced into no less than six changes to his squad to face Sao Tome and Principe in this week’s AFCON qualifiers.
Bafana are set to face Sao Tome in back-to-back 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Friday and Monday, with both matches to take place in South Africa.
Ntseki last month named a 25-man squad made up of a mixture of foreign and locally-based players but, less than a week before the first encounter, will now have to replace nearly a quarter of his charges.
Two internationally-based stars Thulani Serero and Thibang Phete as well as Kaizer Chiefs’ Reeve Frosler, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Andile Jali have all pulled out through injury, while Cape Town City duo Thamsanqa Mkhize and Abbubaker Mobara have tested positive for Covid-19.
The team was due to report for duty in Durban on Sunday, with the exception of those flying from abroad as well as those who featured in Sunday’s Soweto Derby.
Replacements for the sextet have yet to be named but further updates is expected to come from the team hotel in Durban’s North Beach, where the coach will address the media on Monday morning.
With one win and one loss in the campaign thus far, Bafana are currently in second position in Group C, which has Ghana leading the standings with six points, after two rounds of fixtures.