afana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund will not be bringing in any replacements for injured strikers Benni McCarthy and Dino Ndlovu for the international friendly match against Mozambique on Tuesday, 11 September 2012.
Bafana Bafana will play in a double-header with the South African Under 20 Men’s National Team playing in the first match at 17h30 against Botswana in an international friendly clash.
McCarthy and Ndlovu suffered a hamstring and a dislocated shoulder respectively in South Africa’s one nil (1-0) loss to Brazil on Friday, 7 September at the Estadio do Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paolo Brazil.
The duo has since been released from the squad.
“It is sad that we have lost the two players but it is part of the game there’s not much we can do but wish them a speedy recovery. We have only one training session on Monday (10 September) so it doesn’t help to bring in any replacements. The situation also gives me a chance to see and work with the players in the squad who did not get an opportunity against Brazil and I am confident they will raise their hands when given the opportunity,” said Igesund.
England-based midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi has also been released to return to his club, leaving Igesund with 21 players to work with.
Bafana Bafana has already arrived in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga to complete preparations ahead of the Mozambique encounter which will be played at the Mbombela Stadium.
Kickoff is at 20h30.
After flying for about nine hours from Sao Paolo to South Africa, and a further 40 minutes from Johannesburg to Nelspruit, the players had a regeneration session where they loosened their muscles in the swimming pool.
They have been given the afternoon off and return to training on Monday at the Mbombela Stadium at 11h00.