SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Bafana Bafana head coach Stewart Baxter has named South Africa’s 30-man provisonal squad ahead of the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
The squad will be trimmed to the required number of 23 before being submitted 10 days to the tournament kick off.
Orlando Pirates' central midfielder Ben Motshwari is the biggest surprise inclusion having featured in none of the qualification games but had a fine form on club level.
Joel Unteresee and Nikola Tavares have been included in the squad but will have to wait for proper documentation before the tournament starts.
South Africa whose only triumph came in 1996, are pitted in Group D alongside Morocco, Ivory Coast and Namibia.
Announced Provisional Squad
Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits ), Rowen Williams (Supersport), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs).
Defenders: Daniel Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs) , Rivaldo Coetzee (Sundowns), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), S’Fiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits ), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City).
Midfielders: Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Sundowns), Dean Furman (Supersport), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford), Tiyani Mabunda (Sundowns), Thulani Serero (Vitesse), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Themba Zwane (Sundowns), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier).
Strikers: Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Sundowns), Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City)
Players currently awaiting their passports: Nikola Tavares (Crystal Palace, England), Joel Unteresee (FC Zurich , Switzerland).