Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba has announced the squad to travel to Central America for two friendly international matches next month against Costa Rica and Honduras.

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba has announced the squad to travel to Central America for two friendly international matches next month against Costa Rica on Thursday, 8 October 2015 at Boltodano Bricenio Stadium in Liberia and Honduras at Metropolitano Stadium on Tuesday, 13 October.

The Costa Rica match will kick off at 04h00 SA time on Friday, 9 October while the one in Honduras will kick off at midnight in South Africa.

Central America is eight hours behind South Africa.

“This is the first time I will be leading this squad out of Africa and it is an exciting prospect. The main idea is to try and gauge our level of performance.  Also I think it’s a good experience for us to play teams ranked above us like Costa Rica because to continue improving our rankings, we must play and beat the best,” said Mashaba.

This will be Bafana Bafana’s first ever meeting with Honduras while they have played Costa Rica once – in the Nelson Mandela Challenge clash on the 11th of October in 2003 at Olen Park Stadium in Potchefstroom. South Africa won 2-1, courtesy of second half goals from Siyabonga Nomvete and Patrick Mayo.

That was also the last game Mashaba was in charge of the national team in his earlier stint.

“If you look back then at the Costa Rica team, you will see they had a very strong team and it was not a fluke that we beat them. It is good that we are playing them again and see how both teams have progressed so far. I know for a fact they are much better and stronger; they are no longer the same team that we beat then; so it will be tough. But I have confidence we will do well because our boys can also put up a very good fight,” said Mashaba.

“We will do our best to go there and get victories. We want to take the Senegal outcome forward and try to win all the games going forward. But we have to be realistic and acknowledge that along the line we will encounter turbulence – win some and lose some, but our intention is to win all our games.”

Bafana Bafana assemble for camp on Sunday, 4 October in Johannesburg and depart for Central America the next day (Monday, 5 October).

They return to South Africa on Thursday, 15 October – two days later they face Angola in the first of four matches of the 2016 CHAN as well as 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The squad to play the CHAN qualifiers will be announced in the next few days.

“I would like to appeal to the nation to rally behind the team. We know that sometimes it hurts to lose but we are rectifying that and bring positive results,” concluded the Bafana Bafana mentor.

BAFANA BAFANA UPCOMING MATCHES

 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Costa Rica vs BAFANA BAFANA

International Friendly

20h00 local time (04h00 9/10 SA Time)

Baltodano Bricenio Stadium, Liberia

Costa Rica

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Honduras vs BAFANA BAFANA

International Friendly

16h00 local time (00h00 SA Time)

Metropolitano Stadium, San Pedro Sula

Honduras

Saturday, 17 October 2015

BAFANA BAFANAvs Angola

First Round 4th Edition of CHAN, Rwanda 2016

15h00 *

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Angola vs BAFANA BAFANA

First Round 4th Edition of CHAN, Rwanda 2016

15h00 local time (16h00 SA Time)

11th October Stadium

Luanda *

Friday, 13 November 2015

Angola vs BAFANA BAFANA

Round2 – 1st Leg, FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

15h15 / 17h00 local time (16h15 / 18h00 SA Time)

Ombaka National Stadium, Benguela

Angola *

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

BAFANA BAFANAvs Angola

Round2 – 2nd Leg, FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

19h00

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Durban *

(*) Dates and times subject to FIFA / CAF 

BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD LIST FOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCHES VS COSTA RICA AND HONDURAS 4 – 15 OCTOBER 2015

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PLAYER’S NAME

CLUB

 GOALKEEPERS:

1. Jackson MABOKGWANE Mpumalanga Aces FC (SA)
2. Itumeleng KHUNE Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
3. Ronwen WILLIAMS Supersport United FC (SA)
DEFENDERS:  
4. Anele NGCONGCA Troyes FC (France)
5. Thabo MATLABA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)
6. Mzikayise MASHABA Mamelodi Sundowns  FC  (SA)
7. Erick MATHOHO Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
8. Clayton DANIELS Supersport United FC (SA)
9. Rivaldo COETZEE Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
10. Thulani HLATSHWAYO Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
11. Siyabonga NHLAPO Bidvest Wits FC  (SA)
 MIDFIELDERS:
12. Andile JALI KV Oostende FC (BEL)
13. Dean FURMAN Supersport United FC (SA)
14. Bongani ZUNGU Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
15. Oupa MANYISA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)
16. Jabulani SHONGWE Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
17. George LEBESE Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
18. Mpho MAKOLA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)
19. Ayanda PATOSI Lokeren FC (BEL)
20. Mandla MASANGO Randers  FC (Denmark)
 STRIKERS
21. Sibusiso VILAKAZI Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
22. Thulani SERERO Ajax Amsterdam (NED)
23. Prince NXUMALO Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
24. Tokelo RANTIE AFC Bournemouth (ENG)
25. Thamsanqa GABUZA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

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