South Africa/Mauritania: Mashaba Announces Starting 11 to Face Mauritania, With Hlatshwayo As Captain

Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba has made five changes to the starting eleven that played against Gambia in the last 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

South Africa won that match 4-0 earlier this year in June.

For the Mauritania clash Mashaba has retained the services of Itumeleng Khune in goals.

Tebogo Langerman and Ramahlwe Mphahlele also keep their places in defence, but there is a positional switch – Mphahlele makes way for Abbubaker Mobara at rightback, and will parther Thulani Hlatshwayo in central defence.

Hlatshwayo will lead the side as captain.

In the clash against Gambia, Rivaldo Coetzee and Eric Mathoho occupied the heart of defence but they are both out due to illness and injury respectively.

The midfield has also seen some changes with Mpho Makola and Maphosa Modiba coming starting ahead of Mandla Masango and Keagan Dolly.

Dolly has not been considered for the match as he is still nursing a hamstring injury, while Masango will start on the bench.

Central midfield personnel remain the same with Hlompho Kekana and Andile Jali continuing from the Gambia clash.

Sibusiso Vilakazi will partner Thamsanqa Gabuza upfront.

In the stands, Dolly will be sitting alongside Riyaad Pieterse, Denwin Farmer, Diamon Thopola, Deolin Mekoa, Thapelo Morena and Thabiso Kutumela

South Africa and Mauritania kicks off at 19h05 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

South Africa starting 11 vs Mauritania:

Itumeleng Khune (GK), Abbubaker Mobara, Tebogo Langerman, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Thulani Hlatshwayo (C), Andile Jali, Hlompho Kekana, Mpho Makola, Maphosa Modiba, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Thamsanqa Gabuza.


Jackson Mabokgwane (GK), Clayton Daniels, Dean Furman, Mandla Masango, Tokelo Rantie, Gift Motupa, Sifiso Hlanti

Not considered:

Riyaad Pieterse (GK), Denwin Farmer, Diamon Thopola, Deolin Mekoa, Thapelo Morena and Thabiso Kutumela.

Source: South African Football Association.