Amakhosi star replace Zwane

Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has turned to a Kaizer Chiefs star to prop the gap in his squad ahead of their back-to-back AFCON qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan.

Bafana have assembled in Johannesburg ahead of their opening two 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Thursday and Sunday.

Bad news struck for Ntseki on Sunday as Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane had to be withdrawn due to injury, opening the door for Chiefs attacker Lebogang Manyama.

Manyama returns to the fold for the first time since the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Senegal back in November 2017, while he was still plying his trade in Turkey.

The Amakhosi star has enjoyed a resurgence this season, becoming an integral figure in coach Ernst Middendorp’s side with a contribution of three goals and two assists for the Absa Premiership log leaders thus far.

Bafana are set to hold a training session on Monday morning at Sturrock Park before jetting out to Accra in the afternoon to meet up with the overseas-based contingent of Darren Keet, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Bongani Zungu, Lebogang Phiri, Thulani Serero, Percy Tau and Lebo Mothiba.

They face the Black Stars at the Cape Coast Stadium on Thursday evening at 19h00, before returning to face Sudan at Orlando Stadium on Sunday (15h00)

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