CHALLENGE: Lebo and Ngoma

The City winger was included in national team coach Stuart Baxter 25-man squad to face Nigeria in the opening match of the 2019 Afcon qualifier on June 10 in Uyo.

First-time call-up Ngoma joins his club captain Lebogang Manyama in the squad, with who he has set the PSL alight – combining for 17 goals this season.

And Tinkler hailed the duo, while challenging his players to raise their game.

Tinkler says: “Both Aubrey and Lebo deserve it. And Stuart called and I told him that he is getting two good players.

“Now it’s about taking it to the next level. Especially a guy like Aubrey who’s had a fantastic season. He’s worked extremely hard.

“But know he’s got to lift his game. That’s something only he can answer.”

Baxter also recalled Tokelo Rantie and gave Cape Town City ace Aubrey Ngoma his first national team call-up.

The duo were part of his 25-man squad to face Nigeria in the opening match of the 2019 Afcon qualifier on June 10 in Uyo.

Striker Rantie failed to report for national team duty seven months ago.

But Baxter, who is still the only coach to lead Bafana to victory over the Super Eagles, is hoping that the 26-year-old can repeat his performances against Nigeria when they drew 2-2 away in 2014.

The coach says: “His discipline issues were before my time.

“I have seen him play against Nigeria before and he scared them. If he is motivated, he can do a job for us.”

The SuperSport coach says he is happy with the balance of the team, which he believes give him lots of options against the mighty Nigerians.

He adds: “I am quite pleased with the squad we have assembled. We have a small element of development with a couple of young players. We also have some players who are returning to the squad, the likes of [Bongani] Zungu and Rantie.

“We have players who have been outstanding in the PSL the whole season, we also have continuity with a number of players that Safa has invested much time in and we have them in the team. I believe we have a good mix.”