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Malepe delighted with Bafana call up

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 09:39

Defender Tercious Malepe has expressed his delight following his recent call up to the South Africa senior national team.

Malepe, who also captains the SA Under 20 side spoke of his surprise when he learned of his call up.

“This call up came as a surprise but a pleasant surprise at that. We (players) all dream of representing our countries and personally this call up is one step closer for me realising my dream.”

The hard tackling centre back has been selected in the provisional Bafana Bafana squad alongside fellow Under 20 and Orlando Pirates teammate Sandile Mthethwa, who is also pleased to be part of the senior national team setup.

"I am grateful for the call up. I want to represent my country at all levels and this call up has just motivated me even more. I believe the experience I have gained playing in the national team at Under 20 level will help me a great deal to adjust and become an even better player.”

Another Bucs player to get a call up to the national team is left back Innocent Maela who captained Thanda Royal Zulu to winning the National First Division title. Maela is expected to don the black and white of Orlando Pirates at the start of the new season following the end of his loan deal.

Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers: Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs), Baolefa Pule (SuperSport United)

Defenders: Thendo Mukumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sandile Mthethwa (Orlando Pirates), Mothobi Mvala (Highlands Park), Mario Booysen (SuperSport United), Tercious Malepe (Orlando Pirates), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Lorenzo Gordinho (Kaizer Chiefs)

Midfielders: Thabo Cele (Real Clubbe FC), Lebogang Maboe (Maritzburg United), Sibongakonke Mbatha (Bidvest Wits), Nduduzo Sibiya (Golden Arrows), Mandla Masango (SuperSport United), Lehlohonolo Masalesa (Larrissa), Lebogang Phiri (EA Guingamp), Aubrey Ngoma (Cape Town City)

Strikers: Liam Jordan (Sporting Lisbon), Judas Moseamedi (Cape Town City)

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