Chabangu called-up for Bafana

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Pienaar missed Everton’s 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday after suffering from a flu bug, and the English Premiership side are keen to have him rest ahead of the crucial Merseyside Derby against Liverpool next Sunday that could define the race for the fourth Uefa Champions League spot this season.

Chabangu, who was to leave for Nigeria on Monday with the South African Under-23 side for an Olympic qualifier, will instead face the Paraguayans at the Super Stadium in Attredgeville.

Bafana team manager Sipho Nkumane confirmed to snl24.com/kickoff that they have reached an agreement with the Under-23 coach Steve Komphela to release The Brazilians’ striker to the senior national team.

"At the moment I am not in a position to comment about Steven Pienaar’s withdrawal from the team, except that he has stated that he won’t be traveling to South Africa due to medical reason. Our medical team is still attending that issue," Nkumane says.

"We have spoken to Steve Komphela and he has agreed to release Lerato Chabangu for the Bafana Bafana game against Paraguay on Wednesday."

South Africa have no chance of qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics with no wins from their three matches, while victory for Nigeria will see them book their ticket for China.

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