Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has announced a provisional 34-man squad to start preparing for the back-to-back 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia in October.
Broos is sticking to his plan of building a whole new youthful squad and has included some of the in-form players in the league, notably Golden Arrows’ Thabani Zuke, Jesse Donn of SuperSport United, as well as the Cape Town City pair of Terrence Mashego and Mduduzi Mdantsane.
Tshegofatso Mabasa has been given an extra boost after netting twice in two games for Orlando Pirates, after receiving a call up from Hugo Broos to his 34-man preliminary squad for home and away 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
It remains to be seen if Mabasa makes the final 23-man squad, which Broos will name on Saturday, but it is clear recognition of Mabasa’s form, he scored Pirates’ winner in a 1-0 victory over Swallows, and followed that up with another strike in a 3-1 win against Chippa United on the weekend.
Kaizer Chiefs’ Njabulo Ngcobo is in the squad, despite his limited game time at Amakhosi so far this season, while Broos has also called on experienced Amakhosi left back Sifiso Hlanti this time, meaning Chiefs’ Mabiliso misses out. However, in attack Broos has again mainly relied on those who served him well in September, including the goal scorer against Ghana, Bongokuhle Hlongwane and Al Ahly’s Percy Tau, even though he is currently out with a hamstring tear.
Goalkeepers: Rowen Williams, Veli Mothwa, Bruce Bvuma, Sifiso Mlungwana.
Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie, Thapelo Morena, Njabulo Blom, Terrence Mashigo, Sifiso Hlanti, Vusi Sibiya, Rushine De Reuk, Siyanda Xulu, Thibang Phethe, Njabulo Ngcobo, Mosa Lebusa, Luke Fleurs, Tercious Malepe.
Midfielders: Thabani Zuke, Mothobi Mvala, Sphephelo Sithole, Yusuf Maart, Teboho Mokoena, Ethan Brooks, Jesse Donn.
Strikers: Thabiso Kutumela, Ngokuhle Hlongwane, Evidence Makgopa, Victor Letsoalo, Luther Singh, Percy Tau, Vincent Pule, Mduduzi Mdantsane, Tshegofatso Mabasa.