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Fish Back In The Reckoning 11/12/03
Former Jomo Cosmos and Orlando Pirates defender Mark Fish has been approached by Shakes Mashaba with regards to a call-up to the national team for the African Cup of Nations (ACN) in Tunisia next year.

The 29-year-old last pulled on the national jersey over three years ago in a friendly match against France.

Fish, who has become a regular in the English Premier league with his club Charlton Athletic, has always made it clear that he is willing to honour any call-up to the national fold.

Mashaba has continually overlooked Fish, but with Bafana Bafana's recent poor performances in Egypt and Tunisia, coupled with the tough draw the received for the African Nations Cup tournament and the World Cup qualifiers, it seems that Mashaba has had a change of heart.

South Africa do, however, already have a solid central defensive partnership in Mbulelo Mabizela and Aaron Moekena.

If Fish was selected, one possible option for Mashaba would be to push Mabizela up into the midfield to play in the holding role.

Fish would certainly add much needed experience and steel to the team, which is just what is needed with the tough games coming up.

The squad for the ACN will be announced later today.

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