Chiefs’ Gordinho to partner Rivaldo for Bafana

Kaizer Chiefs defender Lorenzo Gordinho will make his debut for Bafana Bafana in Tuesday’s international friendly against Zambia, alongside Rivaldo Coetzee.

The pairing will replace Thulani Hlatshwayo and Eric Mathoho, who saw duty in last Saturday’s 2-0 2019 AFCON qualifying victory over Nigeria. Hlatshwayo is being rested while Mathoho has a slight shoulder injury.

Coach Stuart Baxter has expressed faith the two young centre-backs can rise to the occasion against Chipolopolo.

“It will be an interesting pairing playing against a strong Zambia team,” Baxter said. “Can they cope? We will see.”

Bafana face a Zambia outfit looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Mozambique at home in their opening AFCON encounter at home in Ndola.

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