The South African national side locks horns with Cape Verde in an enticing Group D encounter on Friday 1 September 2017 and Stuart Baxter has named his starting eleven.
Players like Hlompho Kekana, Andile Jali and Abbubaker Mobara only feature in the substitutes bench as Bafana Bafana hope to topple Burkina Faso at the summit of Group D. Bafana Bafana are tied on four points with Burkina Faso and they need nothing short of a win at Cape Verde tonight and hope the table toppers don’t win against Senegal when they cross swords tomorrow night. This is how Stuart Baxter will line up.
Cape Verde v South Africa | Friday 1 September | Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde | 20:30
Starting XI: Ronwen Williams – Tebogo Langerman, Eric Mathoho, Thulani Hlatshwayo (C), Ramahlwe Mphahlele Dean Furman, Bongani Zungu – Keagan Dolly, Themba Zwane, Lebogang Manyama – Tokelo Rantie.
Substitutes: Wayne Sandilands, Clayton Daniels, Morgan Gould, Abbubaker Mobara, Sifiso Hlanti, Hlompho Kekana, Andile Jali, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Daylon Claasen, Percy Tau, Bradley Grobler, Kermit Erasmus.
If you look at that midfield you can tell that the English tactician has decided to opt for a side that can grind out a result away from home. Players like Furman, Zungu, Dolly and Zwane have represented their football clubs in continental competition.
We might see ball players like Mokotjo, Tau and Kekana starting in the second leg at Moses Mabhida Stadium or coming off the bench in tonight’s match.
The second leg takes place on Tuesday 5 September 2017.