Hugo Broos named his final squad to play the last two 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday afternoon and took the opportunity to dig at Bafana Bafana’s closest rival, Ghana.
South Africa goes into the final stretch a point ahead of the Black Stars of Ghana on 10 points. The winner of the group advances to the Play-Off Round that will lead to joining the best footballing nations in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup.
“One thing I do know is that Ghana are nervous. They did not expect the good performance from Bafana Bafana,” said Broo shortly after announcing his 24-man squad on national television.
Ghana plays Ethiopia in an away match that is going to be played in Soweto, Johannesburg. While complaints from Ghana can be heard loud all across Africa, the playing surface and conditions will much better than those suffered by South Africa and Zimbabwe in Bahir Dar.
Broos’ latest squad does not include Tshegofatso Mabasa, who Broos said lacks confidence after being substituted at halftime in his last national team appearance. Red hot Victor Letsaolo is suspended for the game against Zimbabwe but was included and will join the party for the huge clach against Ghana.
Golden Arrows’ slippery Mmodi Pule has been handed a call-up after impressing Broos in the four games that the national mentor watched him play. Portugal-based Sphephelo Sithole gets his chance to shine on the national stage as well.
Bafana Bafana plays Zimbabwe on the 11th of November before flying out to Ghana for the potential Group G decider on the 14th. It remains to be seen if the two nations will share a flight to Accra, seeing as both will be in Johannesburg simultaneously.
Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United FC), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu FC), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs FC)
Defenders: Sydney Mobbie (Sekhukhune United FC), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Njabulo Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Terence Mashego (Cape Town City FC), Sifiso Hlanti (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Thibang Phete (Belenenses SAD)
Midfielders: Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses SAD), Thabani Zuke (Golden Arrows FC), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy FC), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United FC), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune FC), Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City FC), Keagan Dolly (Kaizer Chiefs FC)
Forwards: Fagrie Lakay (Cape Town City FC), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM FC), Percy Tau (Al Ahly), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United FC), Mmodi Pule (Golden Arrows FC)