GOLAKEEPER Jackson Mabokgwane will lead Bafana Bafana in their first leg Round 2 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier against Angola that will be played this afternoon at Estadio Nacional de Ombaka, Benguela in Angola. Kickoff is at 4.30pm.
Mabokgwane takes over the number one jersey and captain’s armband from the injured Itumeleng Khune who was withdrawn from the squad.
The goal minder will have a strong rearguard of Anele Ngcongca, Thabo Matlaba, Rivaldo Coetzee and Erick Mathoho.
The midfield has a familiar look about it with Mandla Masango, Thulani Serero, Andile Jali and Bongani Zungu being prefered, while Thamsanqa Gabuza and Tokelo Rantie will be expected to deliver the goals.
Both Mathoho and Serero have shaken off injuries after sufffering from minor knocks and missing training on Wednesday.
“This is the big one, it’s the World Cup qualifiers and we are all aware that if you don’t make it you will have to wait another four years or so. It’s going to be a high tempo game, a difficult one for both teams. We won’t sit back and hope for miracles, we will attack to try and get goals,” said Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba.
“We have to go out there and compete. They are playing at home and I don’t think they will sit back, and they are also aware that if they concede a goal it’s going to be difficult for them to come back. We need to get a goal so that when we get home half the work is done. All the past games we have played together don’t matter, what is key is what will happen on Friday afternoon.”
South Africa and the Palancas Negras will meet again in the second leg on Tuesday, November 17 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Kickoff is at 7pm.
SA starting line-up against Angola:
Jackson Mabokgwane (GK) (c), Anele Ngcongca, Thabo Matlaba, Rivaldo Coetzee, Erick
Mathoho, Bongani Zungu, Andile Jali, Mandla Masango, Thulani Serero, Tokelo Rantie,
Wayne Sandilands, Ronwen Williams, Siyabonga Nhlapho, Clayton Daniels, Thulani
Hlatshwayo, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Dean Furman, George Lebese, Mpho Makola, Themba Zwane,
Dino Ndlovu, Sibusiso Vilakazi