Gabuza Not A Backup Plan But He's On Standby - Ntseki

Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki refused to refer to in-form striker Thamsanqa Gabuza as a 'backup player' however he confirmed Ganda Ganda is one of the players on standby for the back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Ghana and Sudan next month.


Bafana are up against Ghana in Accra on November 14 and host Sudan at the Orlando Stadium on November 17 and with grueling Absa Premiership fixtures to come including a double Soweto Derby, Ntseki has kept the door open for replacements who missed out on his original squad should any injuries occur. 


“Somebody earlier on was asking me about Gabuza to say is he in the team?‚ I said no unfortunately for him he’s not in the team‚” said Ntseki.


“But he’s one player we’re tracking and we’re very impressed with his performances‚ when the right time comes he will be considered.”


“We’ll always have a back-up plan of the players that will be coming in. But I don’t want to refer to them as back-up players‚ I want to refer to them as players that couldn’t make it into the squad but are likely to be brought into the squad any time." he added regarding the possibility of the likes of Gabuza making his squad. 


"So I’m not going to make mention of those players but I have those players in terms of defenders‚ goalkeepers‚ midfielders and strikers.”