Covid-19 hits Bafana Bafana camp: Percy Tau and Sipho Mbule out of SA's match against Uganda
Bafana Bafana were dealt a huge blow before their international friendly match against Uganda in Soweto on Thursday after the talismanic Percy Tau and midfielders Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule were ruled out of the match due to Covid-19.
Bafana take on the Cranes at Orlando Stadium at 6pm on Thursday as the national team embarks on a new era under Belgian coach Hugo Broos, who was appointed last month to replace Molefi Ntseki after SA's failure to qualify for next year's Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
Broos is in his home country in Belgium for Covid-19 vaccination and will sit out Bafana's first assignment under his regime as coach.
Assistant coaches Cedomir Janevski and Helman Mkhalele briefed the media in Sandton on Monday ahead of the friendly match.
“The players who are out due to Covid-19 are Percy Tau, Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule who came into contact with a positive case,” the South African Football Association's head of communications Dominic Chimhavi confirmed.
Mkhalele said they are expecting a tough challenge from the Ugandans who will be eager not only to get one over Bafana but whose players will leave everything on the pitch to impress local scouts and hope to eventually secure contracts in the Premier Soccer League.
“We're expecting a really tough challenge from the Ugandans.
“Not that I'm underestimating them, but for [Uganda] to beat Bafana would be a big deal for them,” said assistant coach Mkhalele.
“Their players would want to be seen and impress knowing that the PSL is one of the big leagues in Africa and they can secure contracts here.”