27 August 2017 – Most local based players reported for Bafana Bafana camp on Sunday as the Senior Men’s National team gears for crucial back to back FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde.
South Africa play the Islanders on Friday, 1 September in Cape Verde (kick off 20h30 SA time) before welcoming the same opponents at Moses Mabhida on Tuesday, 5 September at 19h00.
Defender Rivaldo Coetzee has been ruled out of the two matches because of an injury while all overseas players will join the rest of the team in Cape Verde.
Coach Stuart Baxter said it made a lot of sense for European based players to fly straight to Cape Verde as it was shorter to fly there from Europe than coming to South Africa first and then fly several hours to the Atlantic Ocean island again.
“Having discussed it with manager Barney Kujane, we found it that it made a lot of sense to ask European based players to fly straight to Cape Verde instead of coming here and then embark on another long journey to the Island.”
Those that will meet the rest of the team in Cape Verde are Keagan Dolly who plays for Montpellier in France, Andile Jali (KV Oostende FC in Belgium), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford, England), Bongani Zungu (Vitoria Guimares, Portugal), Thulani Serero (SBV Vitesse, Holland), Tokelo Rantie (Genclerbirligi, Turkey) and Kermit Erasmus who plays for Rennes in France.