Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has explained his decision to recall Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lebogang Manyama for their current 2021 AFCON qualifying camp.
Following an action-packed week of domestic action that delivered two exciting Soweto Derbies in quick succession, attention has turned to Bafana during the FIFA international break.
Ntseki assembled his troops on Sunday evening in Johannesburg as they prepare to take on Ghana and Sudan in back-to-back fixtures on Thursday and Sunday.
Manyama had received a late call-up on Saturday, shortly after log leaders Chiefs handed Orlando Pirates a 3-2 defeat at FNB Stadium, and some insight has since been offered into his inclusion.
“We brought in Lebo Manyama, whom we have been profiling over a period of time, to replace Themba Zwane,” explained Ntseki.
“We got a medical report from Sundowns on Saturday to say they thought Themba would be ready for the Golden Arrows game and, when he wasn’t, they felt it would be important for them to inform us of his medical condition.
“So, we immediately called Kaizer Chiefs to make the necessary arrangement to have Manyama in camp, and he’s here with the team after reporting to camp on yesterday.
“I’d like to thank Kaizer Chiefs and Lebo for reporting for camp within such a short period of time, it shows whatever good work he’s doing at Chiefs, he can also come and add value here.
“He has been moved into a defensive role in the midfield of Chiefs, and I really enjoyed watching him be moved from one position to another and still doing well. So, I think we are very balanced in that [midfield] department.”