Mahlambi, Singh set to thrill for Bafana


Phakamani Mahlambi, Luther Singh and Diamond Thopola will make their Bafana Bafana debut when they start against Angola at Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Tuesday (7pm kickoff).

The trio are part of the nine changes made by stand-in Bafana Bafana head coach Owen da Gama from the 3-1 victory over Guinea-Bissau in Durban on Saturday.

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Phakamani Mahlambi will make his Bafana Bafana debut against Angola. Photo: Samuel Shivambu, BackpagePixRight back Diamond Thopola has been rewarded for his displays at Chippa United. Photo: Deryck Foster, BackpagePixAmajita star Luther Singh will be part of a dynamic front-line for Bafana. Photo: Muzi Ntombela, BackpagePix

Defenders Erick Mathoho and Tebogo Langerman are the only survivors from the last match.

Darren Keet gets the nod in goals. His last game for Bafana Bafana was the 3-1 loss to Algeria in January 2015 in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament held in Equatorial Guinea.

Langerman will continue at left back, while Thopola will occupy the right back position. Mathoho will partner Rivaldo Coetzee in central defence.

Andile Jali and Tiyani Mabunda will pull the strings from the middle of the park, where they will be assisted by Under-20 internationals Mahlambi and Singh.

Jali will captain the side – the second time he has done so. He last wore the armband in January 2015 in Libreville, Gabon when Bafana defeated Mali 3-0 in a pre-tournament friendly for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Belgium-based player has shrugged off a shoulder injury to fight his way into the starting line-up.

Upfront, Cape Town City captain Lebohang Manyama will go in search of goals alongside Sundowns star Percy Tau.

The injured Thulani Hlatshwayo will be in the stands and will be joined by Thabo Mnyamane as only 12 players are allowed to sit on the bench.

Bafana Bafana XI

Darren Keet, Diamond Thopola, Tebogo Langerman, Erick Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Andile Jali (captain), Tiyani Mabunda, Phakamani Mahlambi, Luther Singh, Lebohang Manyama, Percy Tau.

Substitutes: Shuaib Walters, Itumeleng Khune, Lorenzo Gordinho, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Hlompho Kekana, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Dean Furman, Keagan Dolly, Themba Zwane, Thulani Serero, Lars Veldwijk, Kermit Erasmus.

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