Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba released the official starting line-up to face the Pharaohs of Egypt in the Nelson Mandela Challenge tonight.
Bafana Bafana head coach, Shakes Mashaba, could be sacked tonight, should he fail to win against Egypt in the Nelson Mandela challenge.
SAFA made it known that Mashaba’s future as Bafana Bafana’s head coach could be determined by tonight’s result. Should he lose tonight’s game that might mean the end of his journey.
The two nations will be meeting for the third time in this annual event. They first clashed in 1998 in the 5th edition, which South Africa won 2-1.
In the second encounter, however, The Pharaohs of Egypt turned the tables and won 1-0 in the 12th edition played in England in 2006.
The Nelson Mandela Challenge is a one-day event to raise funds for the building of a children’s hospital to continue with the legacy of the late State President of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
South Africa has won the Nelson Mandela Challenge nine times and has hosted nations like the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Zambia.
South Africa XI vs Egypt:
Itumeleng Khune (GK), Abbubaker Mobara, Tebogo Langerman, Clayton Daniels, Thulani Hlatshwayo (C), Andile Jali, Dean Furman, Mpho Makola, Mandla Masango, Keagan Dolly, Thamsanqa Gabuza.
Jackson Mabokgwane (GK), Riyaad Pieterse (GK), Tokelo Rantie, Gift Motupa, Sifiso Hlanti, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Hlompho Kekana, Maphosa Modiba, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Diamond Thopola, Deolin Mekoa, Thapelo Morena
By Matthews Moraba