Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba on Wednesday announced two separate squads to take on Lesotho and Costa Rica in friendly internationals next week.
For the match against minnows Lesotho in Maseru on October 8 Mashaba selected a 14-man squad, while for the clash with Costa Rica, scheduled for Potchefstroom on October 11, the 53-year-old coach named a squad comprising both local and European-based stars.
The showdown with Costa Rica is part of the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge. The Central Americans are currently ranked 19th in the world. South Africa are 17 places further back in 36th position.
As expected inform veteran John 'Shoes' Moshoeu is part of both squads. The 37-year-old midfielder has been in scintillating form for Kaizer Chiefs this season netting six goals from as many matches.
Moshoeu joins six other Amakhosi players in the squad to take on Lesotho, alongside defender David Kannemeyer, midfielders Jabu Mendu, Stanton Fredericks, Jabu Pule, and strikers Patrick Mayo and David Radebe.
The big surprise in the squad for the Lesotho game was the call up of unheralded Silver Stars defender Oscar Ntwagae. He becomes the first player from the PSL rookies to receive recognition at national level.
South African squad to play Lesotho on October 8:
Wayne Roberts (Wits), Moeneeb Josephs (Ajax Cape Town)
David Kannemeyer (Kaizer Chiefs), Simphiwe Mkhonza (Golden Arrows), Jimmy Tau (Orlando Pirates), Phil Evans (SuperSport United), Saul Molapo (Manning Rangers), Oscar Ntwagae (Silver Stars)
Patrick Thwala Pirates), Teboho Mokopena (Jomo Cosmos), Stanton Fredericks, John Moshoeu, Jabulandu Mendu and Jabu Pule (all Chiefs)
Patrick Mayo and David Radebe (both Chiefs), Carlo Scott (Sundowns), Abram Raselemane (SuperSport).
South Africa squad to play Costa Rico in Potchefstroom on October 11:
Andre Arendse (Sundowns), Emille Baron (Lillestrom, Norway).
David Kannemeyer (Kaizer Chiefs), Aaron Mokoena (Genk, Belgium), Tony Coyle (Rostov, Russia), Mbulelo Mabizela (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Phil Evans (SuperSport United)
Simphiwe Mkhonza (Golden Arrows), Jimmy Tau (Orlando Pirates)
Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin, Russia), Japhet Zwane (Rostov, Russia), Teboho Mokoena (Jomo Cosmos), Stanton Fredericks and John Moshoeu (both Chiefs), Benson Mhlongo ((Wits)
Josta Dladla (Aarhus, Denmark)
Siyabonga Nomvete (Udinese, Italy), Abram Raselemane (SuperSport), Patrick Mayo (Chiefs).