Bafana Bafana’s newer faces will get their chance to stake their claim in a gold and green jersey when they take on Ghana tonight (7pm).
The friendly in Durban will also be a shot at getting a confidence-boosting win over an out-of-sorts Black Stars team after Bafana’s deflating 1-1 draw with Burkina Faso in their World Cup qualification opener.
Coach Shakes Mashaba and Safa have decided to release Mamelodi Sundowns trio Tebogo Langerman, Hlompho Kekana and Keagan Dolly for their club’s Champions League final first leg match against Zamalek this weekend
And defender Erick Mathoho has also been permission to leave the camp to mourn his
But a fired-up Mashaba said this was an opportunity for other players to plug the gap and stake a claim in national colours.
He told reporters
yesterday; “We are aware of Ghana’s strength, typical of robust West Africans, they run and run, are physical and shoot from any angle.
“But, giving away possession too easily is still a big problem for us.
“You could sometimes go and have a cup of coffee when we have the ball because there’s a good chance we will lose it and then nothing comes of the move.”
The likes of striker Eleazar Rodgers and defensive midfielder Aubrey Modiba will want to impress against former Chelsea boss Avram Grant’s Ghana side that played to a 1-1 with Uganda at the weekend.
Ghana, whose squad includes Pirates’ Edwin Gyimah, had to drop Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew and midfielder Afriyie Acquah of Torino because of injuries.
That development compounded the absences of attacker Andre Ayew from West Ham, midfielder-cum-wingback Kwadwo Asamoah of Juventus and former Free State Stars defender Jonathan Mensah, also through injuries.
Aside from Gyimah, others looking for more game-time at this level include France-based striker Majeed Waris, Greece-based winger Mubarak Wakaso and Italy-based midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.