NEW SKIPPER: Mario Booysen

Bafana Bafana have lost their Chan captain Lehlogonolo Masalesa ahead of their qualifier against Botswana tomorrow (3pm).

Masalesa was ruled ineligible for the tournament because he is unattached and the competition is only for home-based players.

The situation has disrupted coach Stuart Baxter’s planne for the Francistown clash.

He says: “It’s has been an unfortunate process but we needed to confirm that he is eligible. 

"Masalesa does not have a local address in terms of club affiliation.

"So it’s a blow because we had him in the starting line-up and we will have to change the shape and the way we play.”

Baxter called up Free State Stars midfielder Sibusiso Khumalo to replace Masalesa and named defender Mario Booysen as the new captain.
The boss adds: “I was up all night [on Wednesday] talking to a few coaches and Pitso Mosimane has come to our rescue and he will give us midfielder Sibusiso Khumalo.

“So at the moment we are in the process of trying to get him on board.

“Apart from Masalesa, Mario has been the one to take responsibility on his shoulders and tried to talk, help out the other boys.

“He also has a bit more experience than most, and he is a Centre back, I like defenders to be captains, I don’t like wingers or forwards because they are usually concentrated on their own role."