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PREVIEW: BAFANA BAFANA vs NAMIBIA

International football makes a return when Namibia travel to Rustenburg to face Bafana Bafana in a friendly.

Coach Molefi Ntseki will be hoping to get the very best out of his squad after a haphazard season which saw the league come to a thrilling conclusion with Mamelodi Sundowns pipping Kaizer Chiefs to the title.

Club allegiance must be put aside as the country prepares for Afcon qualifiers next month against Sao Tome.

There is no Itumeleng Khune in the frame this week with Ronwen Williams tipped to hold the gloves with Thulani Hlatswayo leading the line in front of him.

Themba Zwane will be looking to impress in the midfield after playing a starring role with the league champions and fans will be glued to their screens to see the likes of Keagan Dolly and Percy Tau return to local playing fields after some time abroad.

In a late twist, Lebogang Manyama’s fitness is in doubt with the influential forward nursing a back strain.

Thursday’s match kicks off at 6pm and will be televised on SABC.

On Sunday, Bafana Bafana face Zambia at the same venue.

Bafana squad

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (OHL, Belgium), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Ricardo Goss (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders: Thibang Phete (Belenenses, Portugal), Motjeka Madisha, Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sifiso Hlanti (Unattached), Thulani Hlatswayo, Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs), Abbubaker Mobara (Cape Town City)

Midfielders: Andile Jali, Mothobi Mvala, Themba Zwane (all Mamelodi Sundowns), Teboho Mokoena, Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United), Thabo Nodada (Cape Town City), Gladwin Sitholo (Orlando Pirates), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier, France)

Forwards: Percy Tau (Anderlecht, Belgium), Kermit Erasmus (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lebogang Manyama (Kaizer Chiefs), Thabiso Kutumela (Maritzburg United), Luther Singh (Pacos de Ferreira, Portugal), Kurt Abrahams (Westerlo, Belgium)

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