Five is the whopping number of players that have been withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad as assortment of injuries has dealt the national team coach Molefi Ntseki a blow ahead of the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe in Durban.

Cape Town City captain Thamsanqa Mkhize has been replaced by Bloemfontein Celtic Tshepo Rikhotso while Thabo Nodada takes the place of Saudi Arabia-based Thulani Serero.

Sizzling Orlando Pirates winger Vincent Pule comes in the place of Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali, his teammates, Mosa Lebusa and Thabang Morena replace Portugal-based Thibang Phete and Abbubakar Mobara respectively.

The overseas-based players, Bongani Zungu, Dean Furman, Percy Tau and Kamohelo Mokotjo are expected to arrive on Tuesday.

”It is difficult. But what else can you do? Ntseki asked.

”You have to come up with mechanism to win the games. We’ve got to have a plan for the matches on Friday and on Monday.” 

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