Stand-in Bafana head coach Owen da Gama announced his starting line-up on Saturday morning, and it features Netherlands-based Mokotjo, who was cleared to play for South Africa only on Friday afternoon.
This will be Mokotjo’s first start in a Bafana Bafana jersey since 13 November 2015, when he played against
Midfielder Mokotjo almost didn’t qualify to play in this match after he obtained a Dutch citizenship, thereby losing his
But with help of the Department of Home Affairs, he was able to resume his South African citizenship after he made an application.
Da Gama has made several changes to the squad that played against
Only five players who featured in that match will get a start against
Khune retains his jersey in goal to earn his 82nd cap, and he will also captain the side.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Tebogo Langerman will occupy the fullback positions, while Hlatshwayo and Mathoho will be the central defence pairing.
Mokotjo and Dean Furman will operate in the heart of the midfield. Dolly, Themba Zwane and Serero also get the nod in midfield, and Kermit Erasmus will be the goal-poacher.
Zwane last played in the friendly against
Erasmus last featured for Bafana Bafana in
With only 12 players allowed on the bench, goalkeeper Shuaib Walters and Phakamani Mahlambi will play no part in the match.
Bafana Bafana XI
Itumeleng Khune (captain), Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Tebogo Langerman, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Erick Mathoho, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Dean Furman, Keagan Dolly, Themba Zwane, Thulani Serero, Kermit Erasmus.
Substitutes: Darren Keet (GK), Rivaldo Coetzee, Lorenzo Gordinho, Diamond Thopola, Hlompho Kekana, Thabo Mnyamane, Andile Jali, Tiyani Mabunda, Lebogang Manyama, Percy Tau, Lars Veldwijk, Luther Singh.
Stands: Shuaib Walters (GK), Phakamani Mahlambi.
SAFA Media, Staff Writer