Three Bafana players injured

Following their 1-1 draw in the international friendly match against Cameroon on Saturday in Libreville, Bafana Bafana resumed training on Monday after a day’s rest.

Bafana Bafana team doctor Thulani Ngwenya reported that Tokelo Rantie sustained a strained muscle and was rested as a precaution.  The Bournemouth striker is said to be receiving physiotherapy and will be reassessed on Tuesday, 13 January.

Bernard Parker got a knock on the ribs while Rivaldo Coetzee is also reported to have sustained a knock on the knee.  The players were also being rested as a precaution.

Bafana Bafana will face Mali in the last preparations match ahead of the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament on Wednesday, the 14th of January.

In it the team doctor expressed confidence that Rivaldo Coetzee and Tokelo Rantie will be available for selection in that game.  However, the medical team believes that Bernad Parker’s recovery might take slightly longer, and therefore to mitigate the risk of aggravating the injury, they are planning to have him sit out that match so he can recover fully for the start of the tournament on the 17th of January 2014.

Ayanda Gcaba of Orlando Pirates is scheduled to arrive in Libreville on Tuesday night after he was named as a replacement for the injured Patrick Phungwayo who has since returned to South Africa.  Darren Keet is expected back from Belgium on Monday night after leaving to be with his wife following the birth of their first child, Leighton Wade Keet.

Kickoff against Mali is at 5pm (SA time) on Wednesday, 14 January, at the Monedan Stadium in Libreville, Gabon.

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