Thabo Senong Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Head coach of the South African Under-20s Thabo Senong has made two changes to his starting line-up for the crucial clash against Italy on Wednesday.

The two nations - who both lost their opening matches - meet in the second round of Group B in the 2017 FIFA World Cup.The clash takes place on Wednesday at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, Korea Republic (10am SA time kickoff).

Goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto has recovered from a bout of flu and keeps his place in goals.

Senong has made only one change in defence.

Reeve Frosler has been given the nod at right back ahead of Thendo Mukumela, while Malebogo Modise will still occupy the left back position, and the duo will be assisted by the central defence pairing of captain Tercious Malepe and Sandile Mthethwa.

Wiseman Meyiwa and Thabo Cele’s partnership in the middle of the park will continue.

Liam Jordan comes into the side in place of Keletso Makgalwa in attack. and will be supported by the trio of Luther Singh, Grant Margeman and Sibongakonke Mbatha.

In the other Group D match, Japan takes on Uruguay in what should be a tightly contested clash after both won their opening fixtures. The winner here will have one foot in the next round.

This is how they line up:

South African starting XI:

Mondli Mpoto (GK), Reeve Frosler, Malebogo Modise, Tercious Malepe (c), Sandile Mthethwa, Wiseman Meyiwa, Thabo Cele, Sibongakonke Mbatha, Grant Margeman, Luther Singh, Liam Jordan

SA U20 Subs:

Sanele Tshabalala (GK); Khulekani Kubheka (GK); Shane Saralina; Sirgio Kammies; Thendo Mukumela; Sipho Mbule; Kobamelo Kodisang; Masilakhe Phohlongo; Keletso Makgalwa, Teboho Mokoena