Meyiwa memory to inspire South Africa

Shakes Mashawa wants South Africa to win for murdered Senzo Meyiwa (Getty)

South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba has called on his team to beat Sudan and qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in memory of murdered captain Senzo Meyiwa.

While uncertainty continues to shroud the tournament after Morocco pulled out of hosting due to fears over the spread of the Ebola virus, the penultimate round of qualifiers goes ahead.

South Africa is playing for the first time since the murder of captain and goalkeeper Meyiwa and, if it beats Sudan on Sunday (AEDT), will be guaranteed a spot at the tournament.

"I think it's going to be very important for us to win this game because it will be a befitting send-off for the late Senzo," Mashaba said.

"One other thing we have been preaching is that the spirit of our late captain prevails in the team.

"Everybody has to have this mentality that we have to play to the best of our abilities like the late Senzo had been doing."

Meyiwa was killed during a robbery last month at the family home of his girlfriend.

The last time South Africa met Sudan it won 3-0 in Omdurman and it will be hoping for a similar result in the late captain's home town of Durban. The match was moved from Nelspruit to the Moses Mabida Stadium on the request of the coach so his team and the fans could pay tribute to Meyiwa.

South Africa will be without striker Sibusiso Vilakazi who is injured and midfielder May Mahlangu who caused a furore by pulling out of the squad due to fatigue.

The South African Football Association reacted with outrage to Mahlangu's withdrawal, suspending him from representing his country.

"He is banned from any call-ups forthwith," said SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble.

"There is no need to press a disciplinary hearing ... May will not be called up for any Bafana Bafana duties anymore."

Source Omnisport