New Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos will not be in the dugout when the national side face Uganda on Thursday.
Instead it will be left to assistant coaches Janevski Cedomir and Helman Mkhalele to oversee the action when South Africa host the Cranes in an international friendly at the Orlando Stadium at 6pm.
The match has been hit by a number of squad withdrawals following postive Covid-19 tests. The biggest absentee will be Brighton playmaker Percy Tau, who joins Teboho Mokoena, Sipho Mbule, Mosa Lebusa, Mothobi Mvala and Rivaldo Coetzee on the sidelines.
Denwin Farmer, Baroka’s Evidence Makgopa, Swallows’ Njabulo Ngcobo and TS Galaxy’s Ethan Brooks have been added to bolster the Bafana squad.
Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango will not be lining up against South Africa following his international retirement.
The goalkeeper of the season believes the visitors will be difficult to beat.
“I saw that Bafana have called [up] many youngsters and Uganda are trying to rebuild. I anticipate a good game between the two countries,” said Onyango.
“It is a battle between two new coaches. Bafana has a new coach and the same thing applies to Uganda. We have many young players and we hope that they will give us a good show. I am looking forward to the game and cannot wait to see my country in action,” he said.
Missing Tau is a blow for South Africa’s plans but Cedomir wants those in action to step up and start the new era off the right way.
“We’re opening a new page and we know Tau finished the previous games for the national team, but we’ll have meetings to prepare the team mentally,” Janevski said.
“We need them to be strong for the next couple of games, especially the qualifiers, which will be coming soon in September.”