The South African tactician missed the group’s four group matches, but is back to find one of his players with health problems
Bafana Bafana’s coach of Cosafa Cup, Helman Mhalele, returns from isolation, while midfielder Masilake Pohlongo tested positive for Covid-19 before Friday’s semi-final against Mozambique.
TS Galaxy link man Pohlongo tested positive along with the team’s physiotherapist Nhlanhla Ndlovu.
As infected people have to isolate for ten days, Phohlongo rules the Cosafa tournament which ends on Sunday.
But coach Mkhalele will be back on the bench with goalkeeping coach Lucky Shiburi, who was also out after testing positive for Covid-19.
“Physiotherapist Nhlanhla Ndlovu tested positive for the virus as well as midfielder Masilake Phohlongo,” said Safa. statement.
‘Upon their arrival in Gqeberha, coaches Helman Mkhalele and Lucky Shiburi tested positive and were immediately isolated. After undergoing the mandatory ten-day isolation, it was cleared today [Thursday] and is no longer considered contagious.
“The same process will be undertaken for the latest cases [mandatory isolation for 10 days] and they will be under medical supervision until day 11 when they can isolate themselves. ”
In Mkhalele’s absence, Morena Ramorebuli was at the helm and managed to lead the team to three wins and a draw.
Bafana Bafana have not conceded a goal yet and want to hold the encouraging record against Mozambique on Friday.
“Of all the positive things in this tournament is the character that these boys showed,” Ramoreboli said Sowetan Live.
‘You have seen this team win matches under difficult conditions, and that individuals raise their hands and say that they will fight for the country.
‘You can look at our goalkeeper, Veli Mothwa, who did well. Our defense was solid because we did not concede a goal. You are watching Rushine de Reuck, Thabani Dube, Njabulo Ngcobo, Nyiko Mobbie.
‘You go into midfield. I think we created a lot of chances through our combination game, which is our strength. You look at the ability in the middle with Lebohang Maboe, Siyethemba Sithebe, Yusuf March and Sphelele Mkhulise.
“Before, we also had competitive players. I believe we raised the bar and said we were ready to go to the semifinals.
“But what we need to do now is go out and dominate. Because this is the knockout phase, time is crunching – we have to fight with everything we have. ”
Bafana are hosting a fifth Cosafa title, which will take place at the same level as Zambia, while just behind the record holders of Zimbabwe with six titles.