Benni McCarthy and Quintone Fortune are the high-profile players who will feature for South Africaâ??s Bafana Bafana in an international friendly against Namibia at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek next Wednesday.
According to Kickoff, the South African soccer website, Pitso Mosimane, the South African caretaker coach, has selected a 21-man squad dominated by foreign-based players which he hopes will meet the approval of national coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.
McCarthy has moved from Porto to join English side Blackburn Rovers while Fortune is now plying his trade at another English club Bolton Wanderers after being released by Manchester United.
McCarthy, Calvin Marlin, Ricardo Katza, Vuyo Mere, Tsepo Masilela and Siyabonga Nkosi are the only survivors of the squad that participated at the 2006 African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt earlier this year.
Although Parreira is coming to Namibia, Mosimane will be in charge of Bafana Bafana against the Brave Warriors.
The South African team is scheduled to assemble in Sandton, Johannesburg on Sunday before leaving for Windhoek,.
Both teams are using the match to prepare themselves for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations qualifiers which kick off next month.
The Brave Warriors, who will play the Democratic Rebuplic of Congo, in an Afcon qualifier on September 2, went into camp on Monday in preparation for their
Ben Bamfuchile, the Namibian coach, has called up 19 locally based players into camp while 10 foreign-based players are expected to join the team.
After their match against South Africa, Namibia will have a 10-day training camp in Johannesburg from August 20 before their match against the DRC.
South African squad
Calvin Marlin, Rowen Fernandez
Ricardo Katza, Nasief Morris, Aaron Mokoena, Vuyo Mere, Cyril Nzama, Bradley Carnell, Benson Mhlongo, Tsepo Masilela
Steven Pienaar, Siyabonga Nkosi, Surprise Moriri, Quinton Fortune, MacBeth Sibaya,
Josta Dladla, Dillon Sheppard
Benni McCarthy, Glen Salmon, Gert Schalkwyk, Katlego Mashego.
Athiel Mbaha and Esau Tjiuoro
Gerry Keister, Michael Pienaar, Jeremia Baisako, Nelson Geingob and Franklin April Midfielders
Jamunovandu Ngatjizeko, Rudi Louw, Nelson Akwenye, Riaan Cloete, Freedom Puriza, Letu Shatimwene, Heinrich Isaacks, Victor Helu, Brian Brendell and Brian Gurirab Strikers
Johannes Seibeb and Rudolph Bester
The following foreign-based players are expected to join the camp later:
Sydney Plaatjies, Meraai Swartbooi, George Hummel, Robert Nauseb, Costa Khaiseb, Hartman Toromba, Quinton Jacobs, Richard Gariseb, Henrico Botes and Collin Benjamin.