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11 SAfrica players withdraw from Australia game

11 players withdraw from SAfrica squad for friendly vs. World Cup-bound Australia

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa coach Gordon Igesund says 11 out of 18 players have withdrawn from his initial squad to travel to play World Cup-bound Australia in a friendly next week.

Igesund said on Tuesday the withdrawals were a combination of injuries and clubs not wanting to release their players for South Africa's trip to Australia and New Zealand. The fixtures fall outside of FIFA's official window for friendlies, meaning clubs do not have to let their players go.

South Africa's understrength traveling squad threatens to undermine Australia's preparations for the World Cup in Brazil. Monday's match in Sydney is Australia's last home game before the tournament.

Igesund has picked a new 18-man group after finding out only two days before the planned departure for Australia that some players pulled out.


Updated : 2021-04-17 16:15 GMT+08:00