Injured South Africa defender Patrick Phungwayo ruled out of AFCON

South Africa  will do duty at the Nations Cup will be without Orlando Pirates defender Patrick Phungwayo who has been ruled out due to injury.

Phungwayo sustained an injury on his knee during Bafana Bafana’s last training session of the mini-training camp in Johannesburg, missing the international friendly match against Zambia, which South Africa won 1-0 at Orlando Stadium.

The defender missed the two training sessions that Bafana had in Libreville, Gabon according to Super Sport, before he was taken for an MRI scan on Saturday at a local hospital.

Scan Results showed he suffered a left medial collateral ligament sprain which was estimated to require some weeks of rest for recovery.

Meanwhile, Andile Jali and Thabo Matlaba were declared fit to feature in the continental showpiece by the Bafana medical team.

Jali carried a knee injury to camp in December but has now fully recovered. Matlaba did not complete the encounter against Zambia after complaining of cramps which were caused by low levels of fitness and has been getting extra training in camp.

South Africa face Algeria, Ghana and Senegal in Group in the tournament that gets underway on 17th January in Equatorial Guinea.

South Africa: 

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Courtrai, ), Brilliant Khuzwayo (Kaizer Chiefs,), Jackson Mabokgwane (Black Aces,)

Defenders : Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates, Afrique du Sud), Patrick Phungwayo (Orlando Pirates, Afrique du Sud), Thulani Hlatswayo (Wits, Afrique du Sud), Siyabonga Nhlapo (Wits, Afrique du Sud), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town, Afrique du Sud), Eric Mathoho (Chiefs, Afrique du Sud), Anele Ngcongca (Genk, Belgique)

Midfielders: Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs,), Mandla Masango (Chiefs,), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits) Dean Furman (Doncaster,), Andile Jali (Ostende), Oupa Manyisa (Pirates, Thuso Phala (SuperSport,), Thamsanqa Sangweni (Chippa United )

Strikers: Bongani Ndulula (AmaZulu), Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth, ), Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs).