• Moseamedi, Gordinho, Pule return to Bafana fold

    Judas Moseamedi of South Africa Judas Moseamedi of South Africa

    Judas Moseamedi, Lorenzo Gordinho and Boalefa Pule return to the Bafana Bafana starting lineup for their Cosafa Cup Plate final against Namibia at the Moruleng Stadium on Friday.

    The South African national team advanced to the final of the competition after they beat Botswana 2-0 at the Moruleng Stadium through goals by Riyaad Norodien and Judas Moseamedi.

    Goalkeeper Boalefa Pule returns to the fold, earning his second cap in place of Bruce Bvuma.

    Thendo Mukumela and Mario Booysen make their consecutive start at right back and central defence respectively, while Tercious Malepe retains his place with Lorenzo Gordinho making to the Bafana Bafana defence.

    Baxter has now opted to switch Mothobi Mvala and he will now operate in the middle of the park alongside captain Lehlogonolo Masalesa.

    Riyaad Norodien, Nduduzo Sibiya and Mohau Mokate keep their place in the squad, while Judas Moseamedi returns to the starting lineup, having come on as a second half substitute against Botswana.

    However, Mukumela, Booysen and Norodien are the only three players to have started all three matches in the competition, while Darren Johnson, Sandile Mthethwa and Sibongakonke Mbatha are yet to play in this tournament.

    Meanwhile, Bvuma, Thabo Cele and Lebohang Maboe, who all started during the national team’s victory over the Zebras will start on the bench.

    Bafana Bafana XI vs Namibia

    Boalefa Pule, Tercious Malepe, Mario Booysen, Lorenzo Gordinho, Mothobi Mvala, Thendo Mukumela, Lehlogonolo Masalesa, Riyaad Norodien, Mohau Mokate, Nduduzo Sibiya, Judas Moseamedi.

    Substitutions:

    Bruce Bvuma, Darren Johnson, Sandile Mthethwa, Sibongakonke Mbatha, Jamie Webber, Liam Jordan, Innocent Maela, Thabo Cele, Lebogang Maboe.

    This story originally appeared on SportsClub.co.za

    Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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