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FIRST LOOK: BAFANA BAFANA vs GHANA

Covid-19 protocol implications have resulted in some of Ghana’s best players being unavailable for the clash against South Africa on Thursday.

A win for Ghana would ensure their place in next year’s Afcon set for Cameroon.

But they will have to beat the hosts without captain Andre Ayew (Swansea City), forward Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) and midfielder Thomas Partey (Arsenal). The trio will return for the clash against Sao Tome but are not travelling to South Africa in order to skip quarantine regulations imposed by the United Kingdom government.

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Hoffenheim centre-back Kasim Adams Nuhu is another player to withdraw while the Black Stars won’t be able to call upon injured Vitoria Guimaraes left-back Gideon Mensah.

In a blow to the national team’s chances, Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius opted to play for Germany‚Äôs Under-21 side.

The hosts have had a number of complications but crucially Brighton star Percy Tau has arrived to feature for Molefi Ntseki’s team.

Lebo Maboe and Thabiso Kutumela replacemed injured Kermit Erasmus and Bradley Grobler. In-form Thabo Nodada, Mothobi Mvala and Vincent Pule have also all been added to the squad.

The match kicks off on Thursday at 6pm.

South Africa then travel to face Sudan in Khartoum on Sunday, 28 March.

Bafana Bafana squad:

B

Goalkeepers: Veli Mothwa (Amazulu FC), Ronwen Williams (Supersport Utd), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)

Defenders: Thibang Phete (OS Belenenses SAD, Portugal), Siyanda Xulu (Haopel Tel Aviv, Israel), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Orlando Pirates), Musa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Sfiso Hlanti (Swallows), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Craig Martin (Cape Town City)

Midfielders: Rivaldo Coetzee (Mamelodi Sundowns), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Serero (Al Jazira FC, Abu Dhabi), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Bongani Zungu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier FC, France), Percy Tau (Brighton and Hove Albion, England), Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United), Andile Jali (Mamelodi Sundowns), Luther Singh (Braga FC, Portugal), Dean Furman (Carlisle United, England), Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates), Thabo Nodada (Cape Town City), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Strikers: Lebo Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thabiso Kutumela (Maritzburg United), Ruzaigh Gamildien (Swallows)Lyle Foster (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal)

Ghana squad travelling to South Africa:

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC, Ghana), Danlad Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)

Fullbacks: Baba Abdul Rahman (PAOK, Greece), Benson Annan (MLK Zilina, Slovakia), Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC, Ghana), Imoro Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko)

Central Defenders: Nicholas Opoku (Amiens SC, France), Ganiyu Ismael (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Joseph Adjei (Legon Cities), Yussif Mubarik (Asante Kotoko)

Central Midfield: Kudus Mohammed (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland), Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning FC, China), Afriyie Acquah (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens SC, France), Gladson Awako (Great Olympics, Ghana), Justice Blay (Medeama SC, Ghana), Kwame Afriyie Poku (Colchester United, England)

Left Attacking Midfield: Osman Bukari (Gent, Belgium), Joseph Esso (Dreams FC, Ghana)

Attackers: Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Professional, China), Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia, Italy), Kwame Opoku (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), John Antwi (Pyramids FC, Egypt), Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Willem II, Holland), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey)

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