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Mid-Day Ticker: South Africa releases roster, Hull City sold and more



While time ticks down until Bob Bradley releases his roster for the United States men's national team's Nov. 17 friendly against South Africa, Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has already released his.

South Africa's roster for the Nelson Mandela Challenge features many of its World Cup participants, including Everton midfiedler Steven Pineaar and World Cup standout Siphiwe Tshabalala. A surprise inclusion is current Leeds United and former San Jose Earthquakes striker Davide Somma, who moved to the United States when he was 12. Here is the roster in full:

GOALKEEPERS – Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates)

DEFENDERS – Morgan Gould (Supersport United), Siboniso Gaxa (Lierse), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa), Siyabonga Sangweni (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk), Bevan Fransman (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Siyanda Xulu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Keegan Ritchie (Moroka Swallows)

MIDFIEDLERS – Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Andile Jali (Orlando Pirates), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Steven Pienaar (Everton), Thanduyise Khuboni (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Daylon Claasen (Lierse), Matthew Pattison (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Fulham)

FORWARDS – Sthembiso Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Kermit Erasmus (Supersport United), Davide Somma (Leeds United), Bernard Parker (FC Twente)

Here are a few more stories to get you through the day:


England League Championship side Hull City has been sold by Russell Bartlett to Egyptian – but England-based – businessmen Assem and Ehab Alam.

The club reportedly had debts of £35 million, which the Alams plan to clear. The sale of the club should prevent any potential threats of going into administration.

Through 16 matches this season, Hull City, which was in the Premier League last season, is currently just a point clear of the drop zone down to League One.


Mexican international and Fulham fullback Carlos Salcido has been ruled out for the next month after injuring his ankle over the weekend against Aston Villa.

The 30-year-old Salcido, who has starred at left back for the Cottagers since joining the team from PSV Eindhoven, tore an ankle ligament in a tackle with Ashley Young.


Inter Milan and Netherlands star midfielder Wesley Sneijder says that he is suffering from anemia, a condition that can cause extreme exhaustion and fatiuge on account of not having enough healthy red blood cells. Sneijder reportedly passed out at halftime of Inter's match against Brescia over the weekend.

He has been left off the team list for Inter's match against Lecce on Wednesday.


What are your thoughts about the South Africa roster? Do you see Hull City making a return to the Premier League anytime soon? Think Fulham can topple Chelsea without Salcido? What do you make of the Sneijder news?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I don’t have much confidence in our national team, besides our youngsters almost lost to Haiti last year, we needed a Holden wonder strike to scrape by. I project we lose 2-1 if their lucky we’ll win 1-0.

  2. I think we can win this one, even with alot of youngsters. South Africa doesn’t have good height, so our forwards may have a field day in the air, against their centerbacks. Watch out for Gaxa, that dude was nasty in the world cup.

  3. Projected SA line-up (4-2-3-1)






  4. South Africa is bringing a full squad, wow. Should be a good test for our Nats.

    I’m surprised some of these South African players haven’t picked up, espescially Siphiwe Tshabalala, he really impressed me at the World Cup.

  5. Shame Somma couldn’t represent the USA. I know he has a greencard but I don’t know how long away he is from citizenship. I know he visits Florida often, he was back there this summer to renew his greencard.

    He is doing very well for Leeds 6 goals in 12 games.

  6. probably at the end of the week. I’m confident that he’s waiting for the results of several games that can determine who goes. For example, if Pachuca wins, they will still have a chance to make the apertura, so BB won’t be able to call in Gomez, Torres and possibly Vidal.


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