Bafana Suffer Another Injury Blow
26 May 2009
|Bafana Bafana have suffered another injury blow in preparation for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup which starts in about three weeks time. Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Surprise Moriri has been released from the provisional squad after suffering a knee injury. Moriri is the second player to withdraw from the squad due to injury after Orlando Pirates' defender Lucas Thwala was also sent home with a calf injury last week.
Moriri's announcement was made by national team doctor, Ephraim Nematswerani. â€śMoriri sustained a knee injury in the practice game in Germiston on Saturday, 23 May 2009.
It was the same right knee he injured while at training with his club about four weeks ago, and he hasn't played a match since until he reported for national team camp.
After we took a scan at the hospital, it was obvious he could not continue and he has been released from camp," said Nematswerani.
Injured: Surprise Moriri
Bafana Bafana Coach Joel Natalino Santana says this is a huge blow.
â€śThis is not good for the team to have players leave camp due to injuries, I am left with 29 players but I won't bring anyone in Moriri's place as I have enough players in that position,â€ť said Santana.
Meanwhile there are now four overseas-based players in camp.
Elrio van Heerden and Masilo Modubi, who both play in Belgium, have now been joined by Germany-based goalkeeper, Rowen Fernandez who arrived yesterday. Team captain Aaron Mokoena, who has just signed with Portsmouth in England, jetted into the country this morning, Tuesday 26 May 2009.
Bafana Bafana will face Mauritius in a training match on Saturday at the Germiston Stadium at 16h00. NO CAPS will be awarded for this clash.
Mauritius is expected in South Africa on Thursday, 28 May 2009.