Terrence Mashego withdraws from Bafana Bafana squad

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South Africa national team coach Hugo Broos has been dealt a selection headache ahead of Thursday's clash against Morocco after first-choice left-back Terrence Mashego was forced to withdraw from the camp.

The Cape Town City defender has been ruled out of the highly-anticipated AFCON qualifier after it was revealed that he had suffered a meniscus tear in his knee.

"It's a very bad situation but it's not a bad injury, it's just a tear in the meniscus so I believe I will heal fast," he told SAFA's media department over the weekend.

"I was looking forward to this game but we still have Lyle Lakay and Innocent Maela who I believe will do the job. I just have to focus on my injury right now and make sure that I come back stronger."

Mashego made his international debut for South Africa in a 3-1 FIFA World Cup qualifier win over Ethiopia in October last year and has featured regularly under Broos since, winning five caps in total for Bafana Bafana thus far.

8. Thamsanqa Gabuza – 3 goals
8. Thamsanqa Gabuza – 3 goals
=1. Percy Tau – 8 goals
=1. Percy Tau – 8 goals
7. Delron Buckley – 4 goals
7. Delron Buckley – 4 goals
6. Shaun Bartlett – 5 goals
6. Shaun Bartlett – 5 goals
=4. Tokelo Rantie – 6 goals
=4. Tokelo Rantie – 6 goals
=4. Benni McCarthy – 6 goals
=4. Benni McCarthy – 6 goals
2. Philemon Masinga – 7 goals
2. Philemon Masinga – 7 goals
=1. Sibusiso Zuma – 8 goals
=1. Sibusiso Zuma – 8 goals