Bafana squad named for Afcon qualifiers against Liberia: In-form Mailula, Saleng crack nod

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  • Bafana Bafana boss Hugo Broos has named his squad for upcoming Afcon qualifiers against Liberia.
  • The home and away matches are decisive fixtures for the men's senior national team as they seek to qualify for next year's tournament in Ivory Coast.
  • Bafana are currently second in Group K following their 2-1 defeat against Morocco last year.

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has named a 23-man squad for the decisive home and away Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Liberia.

South Africa host the West African nation on Friday, 24 March (18:00) at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, and play again four days later on Wednesday, 28 March (18:00 SA time) in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.

Bafana's ticket to Ivory Coast can be booked with victories in both fixtures before their final Group K match against Morocco in June.

Last week, Broos announced a 35-man preliminary squad which he has now trimmed down ahead of the national training camp.

Broos has picked in-form Mamelodi Sundowns striker Cassius Mailula, as well as Orlando Pirates top-scorer Monnapule Saleng. Both these players are seen as candidates for the PSL footballer of the season accolade.

The training camp commences on Sunday (19 March).

Bafana Bafana 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (Mamelodi Sundowns), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Ricardo Goss (SuperSport United)

Defenders: Sydney Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Nkosinathi Sibisi (Orlando Pirates), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Aubrey Modiba (Mamelodi Sundowns), Grant Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyanda Xulu (Turan-Tovuz IK, Azerbaijan)

Midfielders: Njabulo Blom (St Louis City, USA), Teboho Mokoena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Luke Le Roux (Vargerb Bois, Sweden), Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal) 

Forwards: Monnapule Saleng (Orlando Pirates), Lyle Foster (Burnley, England), Mihlali Mayambela (Aris Limassol, Cyprus), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Minnesota, USA), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Zakhele Lepasa (SuperSport United), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt), Cassius Mailula (Mamelodi Sundowns).

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