Bafana Bafana Coach Announces Squad for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

The new Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos, has today announced a team of 31 players that will be participating in the 2022 World Cup qualifying games. 

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The new Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos, has come back to the country to start on the team's 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign games. Broos announced his 31-man squad that will be playing in the upcoming games. 

South Africa is set to kick off the nation's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with neighbours, Zimbabwe in Harare on 3 September before returning home for a challenging encounter against Ghana at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg three days later.

The following men squad has been selected to play in the two upcoming games: 

  • Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs) & Sifiso Mlungwana (Golden Arrows). 
  • Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie (Mamelodi Sundowns), Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyanda Xulu (Haopel Tel Aviv, Israel), Thibang Phete (Belenenses, Portugal), Thabani Dube (Kaizer Chiefs), Njabulo Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Mabiliso (Kaizer Chiefs) & Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates).
  • Midfielders: Kobamelo Kodisang (FC Braga B, Portugal), Sipho Mbule (Supersport United), Teboho Mokoena (Supersport United), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sphelele Mkhulise (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses FC, Portugal), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs) Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Siyethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu) & Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United)
  • Forwards: Thabiso Kutumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United), Gift Links (Aarhus, Denmark), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM), Luther Singh (FC Copenhagen, Denmark) & Percy Tau (Brighton & Hove Albion, England).

The coach has expressed disappointment about some of the quality players in the team who are not afforded game time in their respective clubs.

Broos added that lack of game time for players in the club level could have a severe impact on the Bafana Bafana performance and its future. 

You will see also now that the players I selected are not playing at their clubs at the moment, but this is not a problem now, but it will be a problem in the future.

The Bafana coach added that he hopes the selected players will be afforded game time in their clubs, but also mentioning that its difficult to have everyone play when a club has many competitive players. 

Broos said it is the South African problem that many clubs have accessive number of players and a number of those players are not playing. 

The new coach said the selection for the players is based on the COSAFA Cup tournament that was successfully played recently, and added that it was a young team.

Broos also shared his disappointment with the under-23 team that was participating in the Tokyo Olympics recently. 

The selection of the 31 players that will be participating in the upcoming two games for Bafana Bafana were also based on the past games the team has played.

The Bafana Bafana coach concluded that his biggest ambitions are to qualify for the 2022 World Cup that will be played in Qatar and also participate in AFCON that will be hosted by Cameroon in 2022.
 

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