( June 7 is the
deadline to submit the final roster.)
Defenders: Themba Mnguni (Mamelodi Sundowns),
David Nyathi, 29 (St Gallen), Willem Jackson, 26 (Orlando
Pirates), Mark Fish, 23 (Bolton Wanderers), Lucas Radebe,
28 (Leeds United), Pierre Issa, 22 (Olympique
The list that Coach
Jean-Philippe Troussier presents is made up up
Hans Vonk (Heerenveen), Brian Baloyi, 23 years
of age, (Kaizer Chiefs), Andre Arendse, 30
Troussier in front of the plane which will take
his team to France 98.
Fortune (Atletico Madrid), Alfred Phiri (Vanspor), John
Moshoeu, 32 (Fenerbahce), Helman Mkhalele, 28
(Kayerispor), Brendan Augustine, 26 (Linz AK), Delron
Buckley (VfL Bochum), Doctor Khumalo, 30 (Kaizer Chiefs),
Lebogang Morula (Vanspor), Naughty Mokoena (Manning
Forwards: Phil Masinga,
28 (Bari), Shaun Bartlett, 24 (Cape Town Spurs), Jerry
Sikhosana (Orlando Pirates), Benedict "Benni" McCarthy,
20 (Ajax Amsterdam)
Who did not make it:
Sello Mahlangu and Daniel Mudau were the unlucky pair
when South Africa named its 22 players for the World Cup
in France this July.
The midfielders from national champions Sundowns were
axed when French coach Jean-Philippe Troussier trimmed
his squad from 24 for the first appearance of the country
at the finals.
Others who did not make it were
D Neil Tovey 35, M Clinton Larsen 26, M Jabu Mnguni 31, M
John Moeti 30, M Dumisa Ngobe 24, M Eric Tinkler 27, M
Alex Bapela 27, M Brian Sebapole 22, F Pollen Ndlanya 26.
Uncapped Mahlangu and Mudau,
who has represented Bafana Bafana (The Boys) 11 times,
displayed contrasting emotions after Troussier announced
the squad in southern Germany, where the team is
"The fact that I came so close
to securing a World Cup place was the highlight of my
career," admitted Mahlangu, a schoolteacher when he is
not playing or training.
"I thought I had done enough to
avoid the cut, but I respect the opinion of the coach and
there is no bitterness in my heart," added the
31-year-old defensive midfielder.
Mudau, whose last appearance
for his country was against Ghana in the 1996 African
Nations Cup semi-finals, found it more difficult to
accept his fate. "I am deeply disappointed because I
believed I was among the best 22. I was prepared to go
all the way for my country," the diminutive attacking
"What makes it worse is that I
was called up at the last minute and came so close to
realizing the dream of every footballer by being part of
the World Cup squad."
Mahlangu and Mudau were
overlooked for several training camps only to be added to
the squad just days before South Africa left for
Argentina, where they lost 2-0 last Monday.
Bafana Bafana, who were held
1-1 by German second division club Stuttgart Kickers on
Saturday, play Iceland in Stuttgart on June 6 before
tackling France, Denmark and Saudi Arabia in Group