Ajax Duo In Bafana Squad To Face England

Ajax Cape Town have two representatives in the South African squad to take on the visiting English at the Absa Stadium in Durban on May 22.

National coach Shakes Mashaba has decided to retain goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, while midfielder Dillon Sheppard earns a re-call for this high-profile match.

The pair have been highly influential in the Urban Warriors recent run which has seen them ease their relegation woes and also earn a place in the Absa Cup final against city rivals Santos.

Indeed, Josephs managed to save two penalties against Jomo Cosmos in the Absa cup semifinal played on Sunday.

There has been speculation that the 22-year-old could take over from Bafana skipper Brian Baloyi between the sticks and make his international debut, something which would constitute a late present for the player who celebrates his birthday on Monday.

Sheppard also richly deserves his call-up and will be hoping to add to his 11 caps. The 24-year-old last played for his national side in January 2002 against Morocco.

The squad comprises almost entirely of home-based players with no sign of the overseas stars such Quinton Fortune, Shaun Bartlett or Benni McCarthy.

There are surprise call-ups for Santos striker Carlo Scott and his teammate, midfielder Tyrone Arendse, along with defenders Simphiwe Mkhonza of Golden Arrows and Benson Mhlongo of Wits.

The South African Football Association (Safa) have stated that this squad may be extended over the next few days as they continue to negotiate with overseas clubs over the release of certain players.

South African squad:

Goalkeepers:
Brian Baloyi, Moeneeb Josephs

Defenders:
Thabang Molefe, Lucky Lekgwathi, Aaron Mokoena, Tony Coyle, Simphiwe Mkhonza

Midfielders:
Benson Mhlongo, Stanton Fredericks, Tebogo Mokoena, Jabulani Mendu, Clement Mazibuko, Dillon Sheppard, Tyrone Arendse, Joel Seroba

Strikers:
Lesley Manyathela, David Radebe, Abram Raselemane, Mabhuti Khanyeza, Lebogang Kukame, Carlo Scott