Hugo Broos trims Bafana squad down

2021-Aug-25   06:54

Hugo Broos trims Bafana squad down
Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos, has trimmed down his squad for the upcoming Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
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- Karabo Mokgalagadi

Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos, has trimmed down his squad for the upcoming Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Bafana are set to kick off their qualification campaign for the 2022 tournament in Qatar with an encounter away to Zimbabwe on 3 September before facing Ghana three days later at the FNB Stadium.

South Africa is in Group G alongside Zimbabwe, Ghana and Ethiopia.

Last week Broos initially named a preliminary 31-man squad, but he's now cut that down to 23.

Players that got chopped from the original squad are Mosa Lebusa, Sphelele Mkhulise, Innocent Maela, Sifiso Mlungwana, Njabulo Ngcobo, Siyethemba Sithebe, Sphephelo Sithole and Kobamelo Kodisang.

The Belgian mentor will sit in the dugout for the first time as Bafana coach, having missed out on the international friendly against Uganda as well as the Cosafa Cup that saw Bafana being crowned champions last month. This is because Broos had returned home to receive his second COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Only 10 group winners will advance to the final round of qualification for Qatar 2022. They will then go into a draw and face each other to compete for a place in the final group of five nations representing Africa on the global showpiece.

Full Bafana Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (Supersport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs).

Defenders: Sydney Mobbie (Mamelodi Sundowns), Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Thibang Phete (Belenenses FC, Portugal), Thabani Dube (Kaizer Chiefs), Sibusiso Mabiliso (Kaizer Chiefs)

Midfielders: Sipho Mbule (Supersport United), Teboho Mokoena (Supersport United), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune FC), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs)

Strikers: Thabiso Kutumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United), Gift Links (Aarhus GF, Denmark), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoalo (Bloemfontein Celtics), Percy Tau (Brighton & Hove Albion, England), Luther Singh (F.C Copenhagen, Denmark).

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