Themba Zwane goes past Ayanda Patosi for Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has been handed a double blow on the eve of the African Cup of Nations clash against Libya, with midfielders Bongani Zungu and Themba Zwane sidelined with injuries.

In addition, Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana is also an unlikely starter at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Bafana announced on their Twitter account on Monday that Kekana “is in serious doubt” and was undergoing tests at his club. He sustained a knee injury just after halftime in the MTN8 semi-final second leg against Cape Town City on Sunday, and had to be substituted.

His club teammate Zwane picked up a toe problem against City, and was ruled out after a medical check-up by the Bafana team doctor.

Zungu, who plays for French side Amiens, was taken off on a stretcher with a knee injury at the weekend, and won’t make the trip to Mzansi.

That leaves Baxter with a selection dilemma in midfield, particularly in an attacking sense if Kekana is also unable to play. The remaining options are Dean Furman, Teboho Mokoena, Siphesihle Ndlovi, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Kamohelo Mokotjo.

It is unclear at this stage if the coach will call up any replacements for Zwane and Zungu, with the team having arrived in Durban on Monday.

 

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