Masilela out for South Africa after no-show

Masilela was a no-show for South Africa (Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

South Africa will be without Tsepo Masilela for its crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritania, after he failed to report for national team duty.

Although Masilela had been struggling with a knee injury, the South African Football Association said it would give his no-show situation "the urgent attention it deserves".

South Africa midfielder Mandla Masango, who plays for Randers FC in the Danish Superligaen, insisted nothing was being taken for granted in preparations to face Mauritania.

"It's going to be a tough encounter because Mauritania is an unknown nation to us, we haven't played them before," Masango said.

"We are well aware of how they played against Cameroon in their opening qualifier so we cannot afford to take things for granted, we should go there and give it our all."

Mauritania coach Corentin Martins refused to rule out the possibility of his side causing a huge upset, despite the odds being stacked heavily in South Africa's favour.

“If we compare ourselves to the experience of other nations‚ then I'm tempted to say it's mission impossible for us to qualify for the next African Nations Cup finals," Martins said.

"But we refuse to be defeatist. We are asking our players to go out there and win."

Source Omnisport