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South Africa national team coach Shakes Mashaba has named a squad of 25-players for the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Burkina Faso in two weeks time.

Bafana Bafana will face the Stallions at Stade Du 4 Auot in Ouagadougou on Saturday, 8 October 2016.

Kickoff is at 18h00 local time (20h00 SA Time).

Mashaba has recalled Europe-based trio May Mahlangu, Ayanda Patosi and Thulani Serero for the crucial clash with Brighton Mhlongo’s impressive run of form for Orlando Pirates rewarded with a call-up.

The biggest surprise – undoubtedly – is the inclusion of Bidvest Wits forward Eleazar Rodgers who makes his long-awaited return to the national fold following a good start to the 2016-17 season with the Clever Boys.

Goalkeepers: Jackson Mabokgwane, Itumeleng Khune, Brighton Mhlongo

Defenders: Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Abbubakar Mobara, Diamond Thopola, Tebogo Langerman, Eric Mathoho, Thabo Matlaba

Midfielders: Dean Furman, May Mahlangu, Thulani Serero, Oupa Manyisa, Ayanda Patosi, Keagan Dolly, Aubrey Modiba, Mpho Makola, Hlompho Kekana

Strikers: Eleazar Rodgers, Thamsanqa Gabuza, Thobani Mncwango, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Tokelo Rantie.

South Africa have been drawn in CAF qualifying group D, alongside Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Senegal.

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