Strong presence of Cape Town City players as Bafana names team to face Morocco

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Bafana start their campaign against Morocco in Rabat on June 9. Photo: Gallo Images
Bafana start their campaign against Morocco in Rabat on June 9. Photo: Gallo Images

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Only three players from DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns made the final cut in Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos’ 23-member squad for South Africa’s opening match of the 2023 Afcon qualifying campaign next month.

Defenders Lyle Lakay, Khuliso Mudau and Grant Kekana were picked, while Aubrey Modiba, Lebogang Maboe and Thapelo Morena were dropped after making the list of the provisional squad of 37.

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The Cape Town City duo of Taariq Fielies and Khanyisa Mayo were also rewarded with call-ups after their stellar performances led to the Citizens challenging for a place in the CAF Champions League next season.

Bafana start their campaign against Morocco in Rabat on June 9.

The two nations are left in a three-team group alongside Liberia owing to Zimbabwe’s suspension by Fifa from international tournaments.

The move to exclude the Warriors has significantly increased Bafana’s chances to qualify.

Zimbabwe’s disqualification means Bafana will now qualify if they beat Liberia home and away, and get at least a point from the group’s toughest opponents and World Cup-bound Morocco.

Kenya and Zimbabwe were suspended by Fifa due to political interference in the affairs of both associations. CAF said in a statement on Monday that the two nations had not yet met the criteria required by the Fifa congress as a prerequisite for lifting their suspensions.

The Bafana squad will assemble next week to prepare for the game against Morocco.

The two countries were in the same group at the Afcon finals in Egypt in 2019, when the Atlas Lions prevailed 1-0.

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BAFANA SQUAD

Goalkeepers

Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu)

Defenders

Nyiko Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Khuliso Mudau (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bandile Shandu (Orlando Pirates), Grant Kekana (Sundowns), Thibang Phete (Belenenses, Portugal), Taariq Fielies (Cape Town City), Terrence Mashego (City), Lyle Lakay (Sundowns), Innocent Maela (Pirates)

Midfielders

Sphelele Sithole (Belenenses), Goodman Mosele (Pirates), Phathutshedzo Nange (Chiefs), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United)

Strikers

Thembinkosi Lorch (Pirates), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Mayo (City), Fagrie Lakay (Pyramids FC, Egypt), Lyle Foster (KVC Westerlo, Belgium), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Minnesota FC, US), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt)


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