South Africa are reportedly facing a major injury crisis ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Nigeria with several of their top stars doubtful for the clash due to fitness concern.
GoalBall understands that France-based duo, Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly; including home-based stars, Dean Furman, Bradley Grobler and Sibusiso Vilakazi are all doubtful for the Bafana game owing to injuries.
According to reports in the South African press, Kamohelo Mokotjo who plays for English Championship club, Brentford, has already been ruled out of the game due to an ankle injury.
Mokotjo sustained the injury in Brentford’s last but one league clash against Norwich City which they lost 1-0. He was substituted after 30 minutes in the match.
Mokotjo was subsequently ruled out of The Bees’ 2-0 victory over Millwall on Saturday and, following further assessments, will be sidelined for up to six weeks.
The 27-year-old had started and completed Bafana Bafana’s last three qualifiers including the recent back-to-back clashes with Seychelles, as well as the goalless draw with Libya in September.
South Africa head coach, Stuart Baxter is expected to announce his squad for the clash with the Super Eagles on Monday.
Bafana Bafana are currently second in Group E, with eight points from four matches, and need just three more points to guarantee their qualification to Cameroon 2019.
The Super Eagles are top of the table – one point ahead, while Libya are on four points and Seychelles sit bottom with just one point.
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