Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has announced his final squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Belgian tactician had named a 50-man preliminary squad two weeks ago, but has now cut it down to 23 players as well as three players on stand-by, namely: Sibongeseni Mthethwa, Elias Mokwana and Thapelo Xoki.
He has had some injury issues since with striker Lebo Mothiba ruled out of the tournament, while there had been question marks over Lyle Foster due to his mental health issues.
While he returned to playing, Burnley coach Vincent Kompany had stated Foster shouldn’t be “traveling around the world” and “can’t play” at the AFCON, with Broos not selecting the Orlando Pirates youth product.
Bafana kick off their tournament on 16 January against Mali before facing Namibia and ending the group stages against Tunisia, who are currently the third highest-ranked team in Africa.
Broos and his men will assemble for a training camp in Stellenbosch from 5 January before playing a behind-closed-doors friendly with Lesotho on 10 January.
Bafana Bafana Hugo Broos has said that he still stands with the fact that no Kaizer Chiefs Football Club player deserves to play for the South African National team at the moment since some players do not perform well for him at their respective clubs.
Some Kaizer Chiefs Football Club supporters were very furious that no Kaizer Chiefs Football Club player was selected to represent the South African National team in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Bafana Bafana squad is mostly full of Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club players which are ten players from the Masandawana team and most of the Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club players who have been chosen have been very consistent for their respective clubs.
South African Football legend Themba Zwane was also included in the squad because of the value that he can add in the Bafana Bafana attack.