Parreira selects full-strength squad


The announcement took place at Safa House in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Parreira has included skipper Aaron Mokoena, who is expected to join the camp despite being taken off on a stretcher in Blackburn Rovers’ Carling Cup win over Portsmouth last month. However, the defender’s injury is not as serious as first thought and he may be fit to resume his partnership with Nasief Morris in the heart of defence.

Also included in the squad is Arminia Bielefeld midfielder Siyabonga Nkosi, who has just returned to training with the Bundesliga outfit after sustaining a knee injury, and must still be rated doubtful for the game against the USA.

And he will be joined by clubmate Sibusiso Zuma, who has been in great for Bafana over the last 12 months, but has missed the last four games through injury after being stretchered off against Scotland in August.

The overseas-based players will report for camp on November 13, while the local players will report for duty two days later after representing their clubs in the Absa Premier League in between.

A USA delegation is expected to arrive in the country tomorrow, with their squad arriving on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Parreira has also announced a second squad, which includes more local players, for their international friendly with Canada on November 21.

Goalkeepers: Rowen Fernandez, Moeneeb Josephs

Defenders: Aaron Mokoena, Vuyo Mere, Nasief Morris, Bryce Moon, Tsepo Masilela, Bradley Carnell, Benson Mhlongo

Midfielders: Macbeth Sibaya, Kagiso Dikgacoi, Steven Pienaar, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Lance Davids, Brent Carelse, Siyabonga Nkosi, Teko Modise, Delron Buckley

Strikers: Sibusiso Zuma, Benni McCarthy, Lerato Chabangu, Thembinkosi Fanteni

Goalkeepers: Rowen Fernandez, Moeneeb Josephs

Defenders: Vuyo Mere, Bryce Moon, Bevan Fransman, Ashraf Hendricks, Benson Mhlongo, Tsepo Masilela, Brett Evans

Midfielders: Brent Carelse, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Lance Davids, Bamuza Sono, Lebogang Mothibantwa, Bernard Parker, Teko Modise, Bennett Chenene

Strikers: Lerato Chabangu, Thembinkosi Fanteni, Norman Smith