Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter is already sweating on the fitness of Thapelo Morena and Vincent Pule, and now he is awaiting the arrival of two more players.
The SA Football Association announced on their website that star forward Percy Tau and fellow striker Dino Ndlovu have yet to arrive in camp for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles at the FNB Stadium (3pm kickoff).
Baxter said at a press conference on Monday that Morena and Pule have undergone scans for their respective injuries.
Tau was in action on Sunday for his Belgian second division club Union Saint-Gilloise, and scored in their 2-0 victory over Westerlo.
Ndlovu, recalled by Baxter to give some bite to the Bafana strike-force, moved from Champions League club Qarabag to Chinese outfit Hangzhou Greentown in the off-season.
He was also in action on Sunday in a goalless draw against Ever Bright, so he faces a lengthy journey to Johannesburg.
Bafana trained at Steyn City School in Fourways on Monday, where they were joined by former striker Shaun Bartlett.
Baxter said that Bartlett – who scored 28 goals in 78 Bafana matches – will join the technical team on a match-by-match basis, starting with the two games against Seychelles on Saturday and next Tuesday.
Ex-captain Aaron Mokoena is also in camp, dealing mainly with the team logistics, while André Arendse is back as the goalkeeper coach after he was unavailable for the previous qualifier against Libya – with Baxter’s son Lee helping out for that game.@ashfakmohamed