mabizela slated for 2010 camp

PLATINUM Stars defender Mbulelo "OJ" Mabizela looks set to get a recall from Bafana Bafana for a two-week camp in Durban next month to prepare for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

PLATINUM Stars defender Mbulelo "OJ" Mabizela looks set to get a recall from Bafana Bafana for a two-week camp in Durban next month to prepare for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Mabizela has been on top of his game at Stars and many commentators and football fans who have been following his performances have been calling for his recall to the Bafana fold.

The talented defender has been with Bafana before but ill-discipline cost him a place in the national squad.

However, it should be noted that the former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns player has shown a great deal of discipline and maturity at club level lately and this could also be a reason for Bafana selectors to give him another chance.

Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and his technical staff will spend time with the selected Premier Soccer League players and take them through their paces.

The players will also undergo various medical and scientific tests when this intensive training camp starts on January 15.

Parreira said players who impress will travel with Bafana Bafana to Brazil in February for another camp that will include overseas-based players.

Beside Mabizela, Parreira is expected to include players like Daine Klate, Mark Mayambela, Thulani Serero, Sthembiso Ngcobo and Ramahlwe Mphahlele.

Other players, such as leading Premiership goal-scorer Katlego Mphela, Teko Modise, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Matthew Booth, Itumeleng Khune and Siboniso Gaxa, are also expected to be in the camp.

"The coaches are still busy sorting out the names of the players who will be selected for the camp in Durban," team manager Sipho Nkumane said.

In Durban, the squad will also play two games against other Southern African teams, most likely the Seychelles and Zimbabwe.

Nkumane will finalise the negotiations for the two games today after discussions with Parreira, who is back home in Brazil for the festive season.

"We will talk to everybody who is keen to play against us on January 26 and 28. Teams that we are looking at include Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and the Seychelles.

"We are working hard to come up with a solid programme for Bafana Bafana in the build-up to the World Cup," Nkumane said.

In Brazil, South Africa will play six games, including one against Paraguay, who have also qualified for the 2010 World Cup.

After Brazil, Bafana will go to Germany in March where they will play three games against yet-to-be-confirmed Bundesliga clubs.

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