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Igesund names South Africa squad to face Morocco in a friendly match

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27: Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund attends the Bafana Bafana press conference at SAFA House on June 27, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27: Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund attends the Bafana Bafana press conference at SAFA House on June 27, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has named his 23-man squad ahead of the friendly match against Morocco next week Friday.

The two African giants will meet in the new 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Stadium in Agadir City in Morocco next week Friday, kick-off set for 21:00 CAT.

Gordon Igesund has named a youthful squad but also mixed with experience as he looks to build a team that will contest in 2015 AFCON finals and 2018 World Cup in Russia. Twelve players play their trade in local South African league, while eleven players are based in Europe and five players in the squad are uncapped.

The Bafana Bafana coach said before unveiling his squad. “ When Morocco invited us to play in the new stadium, we jumped at the opportunity of the fact that between now and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers there are only two FIFA calendar dates to prepare for those qualifiers.

He added “We are playing a very formidable team, and you know North African teams are strong and will give us a stern test. This is a very serious match for both sides.

Players that made a surprise inclusion are young Supersport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, Belgians based youngster Ayanda Patosi, and Kgosi Ntlhe who plays in England for Peterborough FC.

Orlando Pirates players were not called up except Kermit Erasmus because of the club’s participation in the CAF Champions League.

 Kaizer Chiefs winger Siphiwe Tshabalala is out due to injury and Belgian based goalkeeper Daren Keet makes the squad for the second time in a row as takes the place of Mamelodi Sundows shot-stopper Wayne Sandilands after he was overlooked due to playing second fiddle of Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene at the club level.

Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune ( Kaizer Chiefs ,RSA), Ronwen Williams (Supersport United, RSA), Daren Keet (KV Kortrijk, Belgium)

Defenders: Bongani Khumalo (Doncatser Rovers, England) Thabo Nthete (Bloemfontein Celtic, RSA) Anele Ngconca (Racing Genk, Belgium) Buhle Mkhwanazi ( Tuks, RSA) Tshepo Masilela (Kaizer Chiefs, RSA) Siyanda Xulu ( FC Rostov, Russia) Kgosi Ntlhe ( Peterborough, England)

Midfielders: Kamohelo Makotjo (PES Zwolle, Holland) Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns, RSA) Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits, RSA) Ayanda Patosi (Lokoren FC, Belgium) Daylon Claasen (Lech Pozna, Poland) Keagan Dolly ( Ajax Cape Town, RSA) Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers, England) Kagisho Dikgacoi ( Crystal Palace, England) Reneilwe Letsholonyane ( Kaizer Chiefs, RSA) Lerato Chabangu ( Moroka Swallows, RSA)

Strikers: Tokelo Ranti (Bournemouth FC, England) Kermit Erasmus (Orlando Pirates, RSA) Bernard Parker ( Kaizer Chiefs, RSA)