Bafana Bafana of South Africa head coach, Stuart Baxter, is hopeful that the duo of Ronwen Williams and Thulani Serero will be fully fit for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Baxter has had to re-arrange his squad due to injuries to several of his key players ahead of the crucial encounter billed for the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
The likes of Dean Furman, Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Bradley Grobler and Kamohelo Mokotjo are also nursing injuries and are not called-up for the game.
Williams , who is Bafana Bafana’s second choice goalkeeper behind Itumeleng Khune and influential midfielder, Serero who plays for Dutch side, Vitesse Arnhem are both nursing injuries but Baxter is confident they will recover in time for the game.
“We had two scares, Ronwen Williams has a slight knee strain, so he won’t train for 48 hours but we think he’s going to be ok. Thulani Serero has an ankle gash, had stitches, but should be in full training tomorrow.” Baxter told reporters on Monday.
Baxter also confirmed that all 23 players invited for the game are now in camp and will begin full training for the game on Tuesday.
Bafana are currently second in Group E, with eight points from four games, and need just three more points to guarentee their qualification to next year’s showpiece in Cameroon.
Nigeria are top of the standings – one point ahead, while Libya are on four points and Seychelles
Meanwhile, the South Africa Football Association confirmed on Monday that the Bafana Bafana will face Paraguay in a friendly encounter tagged the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on Tuesday, November 20.
The South Americans will be South Africa’s first non-African opponents in more than three years.