By Lwando Mhobo
The Bafana Bafana Head Coach announced his 31-man preliminary squad for Bafana Bafana’s Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers squad on Thursday morning at the SAFA headquarters.
The squad has a good blend of young players and a few experienced players with an average age of 25 years – with the oldest player aged 30 (Goalkeeper Veli Mothwa & defender Siyanda Xulu) and the youngest aged 21 (forwards Bongokuhle Hlongwane & Evidence Makgopa.)
23 of the 31-man preliminary squad ply their trade in the domestic DSTV Premiership with Mamelodi Sundowns providing the most players in the preliminary squad,with seven players. The squad is complemented by 8 overseas-based players which include English Premier League player Percy Tau as well as Portuguese-based duo Thibang Pete and Sphephelo Sithole,both of OS Beleneses FC,who receive their first national call-ups.
In addition,the squad sees 8 of David Notoane’s Olympic squad make the step up into the senior national team set-up.
Hugo Broos’ men will face neighbours Zimbabwe in Harare on the 3rd of September 2021 followed by a fixture against Ghana at FNB Stadium three days later.
FULL SQUAD BELOW :
Ronwen Williams (Supersport United FC), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu FC), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Sifiso Mlungwana (Golden Arrows FC)
Sydney Mobbie (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Siyanda Xulu (Haopel Tel Aviv FC, Israel), Thibang Phete (Os Belenenses, Portugal), Thabani Dube (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Njabulo Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Sibusiso Mabiliso (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates FC)
Kobamelo Kodisang (FC Braga B, Portugal), Sipho Mbule (Supersport United FC), Teboho Mokoena (Supersport United FC), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Sphelele Mkhulise (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Sphephelo Sithole (Os Belenenses FC, Portugal), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United FC), Siyethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu FC)
Thabiso Kutumela (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United FC), Gift Links (Aarhus GF, Denmark), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoala (Bloemfontein Celtic FC), Percy Tau (Brighton and Hove Albion FC), Luther Singh (FC Copenhagen, Denmark) @fscentralnews
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