Sundowns coach Mosimane said after the side’s MTN8 win over SuperSport United on Sunday that he hoped Mashaba would not pick his players for these games, given that not a lot is resting on the two encounters.
Bafana have already failed to qualify for the 2017 Afcon as they host Mauritania on Friday at Mbombela Stadium, while the game against Egypt on September 6 is a friendly.
“We hope Bra Shakes will be lenient towards us. It’s a friendly game against Egypt and against Mauritania, it’s a dead rubber. Let’s be honest, (it doesn’t matter) if you win or you don’t win,” Mosimane told SuperSport.
Sundowns have Keagan Dolly, Tebogo Langerman, Hlompho Kekana and Sibusiso Vilakazi in the Bafana squad. Mashaba, however, said Bafana have received no official request from Sundowns asking them to rest any players.
“Unfortunately nothing has come to us. We are operating an open door policy if anyone wants to talk to us,” said Mashaba yesterday.
“But if what I hear has happened then I am disappointed … if they want to request it (that we rest their players), let them send it, and we will sit down with it and get back to them.”
Mashaba did have two withdrawals from the squad yesterday, with striker Prince Nxumalo still out injured and Rivaldo Coetzee also out, suffering from chicken pox. He said they would name replacements in due course.
The rest of the squad left for Nelspruit yesterday afternoon, with Mashaba indicating he could well use some of his younger players in these two matches, with a view to the World Cup 2018 qualifiers and beyond. From the Under-23 side that went to Rio 2016, Aubrey Modiba, Abbubaker Mobara, Gift Motupa and Thapelo Morena are all in the senior squad.
“These two games we are using as preparation for the World Cup qualifiers,” said the Bafana coach. South Africa open their campaign next month against Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.
“Our mandate when we took over was building a side for 2022 … we have the team that went to the Olympics and the Cosafa Cup … we are even looking at the Under-17s and monitoring the Under-19 side. In these two games we will be looking at utilising most of the boys in the squad.”
Mashaba also expressed his delight that striker Tokelo Rantie has signed for Genclerbirligi in Turkey, where he will hope to get more first team football than he managed at Bournemouth.
“We always hope players can make a move and benefit, so they will get game-time where they are going. When we heard he was moving we were happy.”