South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has named his 23-man squad to play five time World champions Brazil at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 5th, kickoff at 19:00 CAT.
This will be a second high friendly match for Bafana Bafana in five months after playing another powerhouse Spain in November 2013 where they went against all odds and won 1-0 at the same venue where they will host the South Americans.
The surprising selection was the inclusion of Ajax Amsterdam attacking midfielder Thulani Serero, who hasn’t been in good terms with his national team coach after withdrawing from the squad last year September in favour of playing in the UEFA Champions League with his club.
The squad has a total of ten players who are European-based while the other thirteen plays their trade in South Africa.
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune © ( Kaizer Chiefs, RSA) Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United, RSA)
Defenders: Thabo Nthethe (Mamelodi Sundowns, RSA), Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers, ENG), Buhle Mkhwanazi ( University of Pretoria, RSA), Siyanda Xulu (FC Rostov, Russia), Anele Gcongca (Racing Genk, Belgium), Thato Mokeke (SuperSport United, RSA ), Thabo Matlaba ( Orlando Pirates, RSA).
Midfielders: Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers, ENG) Siphiwe Tshabalala ( Kaizer Chiefs, RSA) Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, ENG) Daylon Claasen (Lech Poznan FC, Poland) Thulani Serero ( Ajax Amsterdam, Polland) Andile Jali ( KV Oostende, Belgium) Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates, RSA) Ayanda Patosi ( Lokeren FC, Belgium) Bongani Zungu, Hlompho Kekana (Both Mamelodi Sundowns, RSA) Lindokuhle Mbatha (Platinum Stars, RSA)
Strikers: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs, RSA) Tokelo Rantie( Bournemouth FC, ENG) Dino Ndlovu (SuperSport United, RSA.)