Eric Matoho to return to SA

FILE PICTURE: Eric Matoho and Gordon Igesund during the South African National soccer team training session at Moses Mabhida Stadium on August 13, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Bafana Bafana defender Eric Matoho will travel back to South Africa immediately after taking part in Monday’s international friendly against Australia, to attend the funeral of his cousin, who passed away this weekend.

The news of the sad passing reached the Kaizer Chiefs defender in Sydney on Sunday, on the eve of Bafana’s meeting with the World Cup-bound Socceroos.

As a result, Mathoho will not join the rest of the squad in New Zealand for their international friendly in Auckland.

Bafana’s media officer, Dominic Chimhavi, confirmed the news, adding that a replacement will not be called up to the team.

– Sapa

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