South Africa coach Stuart Baxter says his team has been hit by injuries and will have no option but to make key changes in his line-up when Bafana Bafana host Nigeria at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
The game is a 2019 AFCON qualifying game.
The Times of South Africa reports that Kamohelo Mokotjo and Dean Furman‚ the two players who started for Bafana in their last two qualifiers against Seychelles last month‚ are out injured and Baxter is likely to fill that area with the Mamelodi Sundowns duo of Hlompho Kekana and Tiyani Mabunda. Thulani Serero is also set to be given the playmaker role after making a return to the team
Baxter who beat the Super Eagles in Nigeria said: “I have a choice to either put in Hlompho with Sugar (Mabunda) because they play together or I can try and go with one of the other two (Tebogo Mokoena and Fortune Makaringe)‚ who really are for the future.
“I’ve got to make that decision and I’ve got to make that decision based on how we want to play and how we want to get at them.”
He then added.
“It’s a big ask for them to go up against the likes of (Alex) Iwobi and people like that‚ but I think they will do a job.”
Baxter admitted that he was close to finalising his starting line-up against a Nigerian side he’s managed to beat in two previous matches at the helm.
“I’ve got an idea (of the starting XI) but maybe there’s one or two places that I’m not 100% certain of at the moment‚” Baxter said on Wednesday.