local soccer 10.10.2018 04:36 pm

Vilakazi ruled out of Seychelles clashes

Sibusiso Vilakazi of South Africa celebrates goal embraced by Themba Zwane during the 2018 World Cup qualifier football match between South Africa and Burkina Faso at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 07 October  2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Sibusiso Vilakazi of South Africa celebrates goal embraced by Themba Zwane during the 2018 World Cup qualifier football match between South Africa and Burkina Faso at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 07 October 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana doctor Thulani Ngwenya has confirmed that midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi is out of the Seychelles games after rupturing his left Achilles tendon.

Vilakazi sustained the injury during the national team’s practice game against SuperSport United at Megawatt Park on Wednesday morning.

Bafana won 1-0 through a goal by Lebo Mothiba in the first half.

Coach Stuart Baxter used a different team in the second half as he went about assessing all the players in camp.

READ: We will not underestimate Seychelles – Baxter

Bafana take on Seychelles in back-to-back matches, with the first match pencilled in for Saturday at FNB Stadium, and the two teams face each other again next Tuesday on the Indian Ocean island.

South Africa are second on the log with four points, together with log leaders Libya, and the two upcoming games will prove crucial in shaping who will qualify for the 2019 AFCON tournament in Cameroon.

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