STUART Baxter is not banking entirely on the availability of Bongani Zungu, despite picking him for Bafana Bafana’s back-to-back World Cup qualifying matches against Senegal.
Zungu is set to face a Fifa Disciplinary Committee hearing on 2 November after Safa lodged a complaint over the red card he received in the World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso three weeks ago.
Eyebrows were raised when Baxter included the France-based Zungu in the squad for the decisive matches on 10 November and 14 November yesterday, though the coach hastened to explain his decision.
“I think it would be the correct place to give a few explanations, starting with the selection of Andile Jali and Bongani Zungu, who are both suspended for the first game,” said Baxter.
“Bongani will have a Fifa DC which we are hoping will produce some form of justice. If he is okay to go for the second game, I don’t expect it to be overturned. But at least Traore will be punished as well, being more culpable than Bongani.
“The least we expect is that he will be available for the second game. So that’s why the two will meet up with us when we assemble in Joburg (after the 10 November match).”
Eric Mathoho is, however, expected back after serving his suspension.
Said Baxter: “We have a minor issue with Tower (Mathoho), whose suspension has been served. It’s now a question of the fine being paid. There is paperwork to do, then he’ll be good to go.”