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Mosimane picks players for USA - including Somma

By Sowetan LIVE | Nov 10, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 25 ]

Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has announced a 23-man squad to face America's national team. The match will be played on Wednesday, 17 November at the Cape Town Stadium

Kick off is at 21H30 due to a dual broadcast with ESPN in the USA.

This year's match is the 16th edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge.

The match sees the absence of experienced campaigners like Captain Aaron Mokoena, Katlego Mphela as well as Macbeth Sibaya. Defender Bongani Khumalo has been left out due to injury.

Mosimane has recalled defenders Siyanda Xulu of Mamelodi Sundowns, Keegan Ritchie of Moroka Swallows and Bevan Fransman of Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel. Midfielder Matthew Pattison also returns to the national team since the pre-2010 FIFA World Cup training camp in Durban earlier this year.

"This is a friendly match so I will be trying to have a look at other players and for that to happen I had to leave out some of the regulars in the team. But most of them have been with us before, so it's all about continuity and staying on track with our Vision 2014," the coch said in a statement.

"On the other hand, friendly matches are a big challenge because as much as you try to make changes, it means you have to tamper with your winning combinations. But then again these are the challenges that exist in this game, we have to strike a balance but also not to lose focus of our vision of slowly bringing in young players," he added.

The only newcomer is England-based Davide Somma.

The Leeds United striker gets a call-up after rave reviews following his prolific strike rate at his club. The 25-year old Somma was born on March 26 1985 in Johannesburg. He plays as a striker while most of his early career he played as a winger. Somma moved to America as a 12 year old before finding his way to England.

"It's important to give him a chance to see what he is made of, but at the same time I don't want to put him under pressure and put it to him that he is the answer to our scoring problems.

"I just want to give him a chance to play for South Africa and increase our pool of strikers.

"He has been scoring in almost every match so we have to bring him in, and I hope it works out for him," Mosimane said.

SAFA CEO Leslie Sedibe commented: "The highlight of the Nelson Mandela Challenge will be the presentation of a one million rand cheque by the two captains to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. It is in this spirit that we urge the people of Cape Town to fill the stadium to capacity".

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund expressed their gratitude to SAFA for the donation, saying it will go a long way in putting smiles on the faces of many disadvantaged children.

"The joint message that this partnership brings ... is that the best that can be done for children today will help them learn to give back to society tomorrow. This makes us the architects of a brighter future we would like our children to inherit," said Acting CEO and Programmes' Director of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund Moipone Buda-Ramatlo.

Tickets for the double header are already on sale at Computicket and Shoprite-Checkers outlets countrywide. They cost R50 only for tier three (level three) at the stadium, and R100 for tiers one and two (levels one and two).

COMMENTS [ 25 ]

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Shapa Teko shapaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Nov 10, 2010 1:19 | 0 replies

@ KasiKid i agree with u on the Squad selected and i was goin to call Pitso names shud he had not selected Pattison

Nov 10, 2010 1:39 | 0 replies

Teko Modise will be the weakest link when we face George Bush's children. I really don't understand why is this man still being selected to play for our country. I think he was overrated in the first place.

Nov 10, 2010 2:7 | 0 replies

4 us to recognize TIVANI : no need to send rubbish ten times!

Nov 10, 2010 2:28 | 0 replies

Macbeth Sibaya is too old so its not a problem when he is not in. I was expecting a line up from you Sowetan on who will be the keeper, defender, striker and so forth but anyway we are behind you Bafana.

Who are the beneficiaries of the Mandela Children's fund

Nov 10, 2010 2:38 | 0 replies

So Teko's team is now Bafana? That's where he plays most of his game!

Nov 10, 2010 2:41 | 0 replies

@Tkay Who are the beneficiaries of the Mandela Children's fund? That's a very good question...from what i know the beneficiaries are the ones who are running this organisations. ... i never heard of it doing anything in the townships.....

Nov 10, 2010 3:10 | 0 replies

I think Teko doesn't derseve to be selected shem!!!!

Nov 10, 2010 3:49 | 0 replies

Thats why you are not coach, that is Pitso and his technical team's decision.

Nov 10, 2010 3:58 | 0 replies

Lo Teko vele sekuyabonakala kutsi wakhokha inkhomo la ku Pitso, otherwise how do we explain his continued selection when adliwa libench ngisho ku team yakhe.

Nov 10, 2010 4:2 | 0 replies

Viva Pitso Viva!

Nov 10, 2010 4:23 | 0 replies