Ephraim Mashaba , the head coach of South Africa named his 23-man selection for Afcon 2015.He recalled experienced striker Bernard Parker.
Parker, who plays for Kaizer Chiefs but previously had spells with Red Star Belgrade and FC Twente, has not featured for the national side since a 5-0 loss to Brazil in March.
Mashaba named five overseas-based players in his squad, including Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie and Doncaster Rovers midfielder Dean Furman but surprisingly left out Ajax Amsterdam’s midfielder Thulani Serero.
South Africa have been drawn in a difficult Group C along with Algeria, Ghana and Senegal for the Jan. 17-Feb. 8 tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
Bafana Bafana squad for Afcon 2015
Darren Keet (KV Kortrijk), Brilliant Khuzwayo (Kaizer Chiefs), Jackson Mabokgwane (Mpumalanga Black Aces)
Siyabonga Nhlapo (BidVest Wits), Patrick Phungwayo (Orlando Pirates), Anele Ngcongca (KRC Genk), Thulani Hlatshwayo (BidVest Wits), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates)
Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Andile Jali (KV Oostende), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thami Sangweni (Chippa United), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers), Thuso Phala (SuperSport United), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates)
Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Tokelo Rantie (AFC Bournemouth), Bongani Ndulula (AmaZulu), Sibusiso Vilakazi (BidVest Wits).