Mashaba’s options cut short

Shakes Mashaba, Pic: Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix

Shakes Mashaba, Pic: Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix

Bafana Bafana face Swaziland in the semi-final of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) this evening with only fifteen in-field players to select from. 

With star player Keagan Dolly being excused to represent his club Mamelodi Sundowns in the Champions LEague, and Gift Motupa out due to suspension, while Kwanda Mngonyama and Phumlani Ntshangase were released from camp because of injuries.

Out-of-form Orlando Pirates midfielder Menzi Masuku, who might get a runout, wants to remind everyone of his qualities with the Rio Olympics Games around the corner.

“Since I haven’t been part of the team I think it is a good opportunity to remind the coach and the other teams that Menzi is still the same Menzi that everyone knows, and obviously to make a mark in the Cosafa tournament since it is a debut for most of us,” he said.

Mpumalanga Black Aces striker Julius Moseamedi is likely to get a second opportunity to impress after he struggled to impress on his international debut against neighbours Lesotho in the one-all draw which Bafana ended up winning 4-2.

Moseamedi says coach Shakes Mashaba wants him to stay in the kitchen.

“What he told me i: we just want you to stay in the box and hold the ball for the midfielders. When the wingers come in with the ball, I have to be an option for them to pass the ball and I’ll be able to give it back to them so we can score. When they called me I actually believed that let me just go and do the job that has been missing,” he said.

The semi-final kick-offs at the Sam Nujoma at 18H00 tonight.

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