HIGHLANDS Park midfielder Mothobi Mvala has been called to replace injured Bongani Zungu in the Bafana Bafana squad that will play against Mali in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.

Zungu is the third player to be withdrawn from the squad due to injury after both goalkeeper Brandon Petersen and defender Thamsanqa Mkhize were replaced by Ricardo Goss of Bidvest Wits and Tshepo Rikhotso of Bloemfontein Celtic.

According to the official SAFA website, Mvala has already joined his compatriots in camp in Port Elizabeth as he arrived last night (Tuesday, 8 October).

Mvala will be part of the training squad on Wednesday afternoon where Bafana Bafana will have a session open to the public – taking place at the Wolfson Stadium at 3pm.

All 23 players will report for national team duty including Belgium-based Percy Tau and Kamohelo Mokotjo, who plays his club football in England.

Tau landed in South Africa yesterday morning and was given time off to attend to personal matters.

He will join the rest of the squad on Wednesday.

Bafana Bafana will entertain Mali on Sunday, 13 October at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD:

Goalkeepers

Darren Keet (Leuven, Belgium), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Ricardo Goss (Bidvest Wits).

Defenders

Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Tshepo Rikhotso (Bloemfontein Celtic), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates).

Midfielders

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford, England), Thato Mokeke (CT City), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Lebogang Phiri (Guingamp, France), Mothobi Mvala (Highlands Park), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Serero (Al Jazira, Abu Dhabi), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier, France).

Forwards

Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg, France), Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United), Kermit Erasmus (CT City) Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Percy Tau (Club Brugge, Belgium).