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Broos Names Initial Bafana Squad

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has named a 36-name preliminary squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Namibia and DR Congo next month.

Broos’ men will face Namibia and DR Congo in two friendlies next month after successfully qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire in January next year

The team are currently on a seven-match unbeaten run that climaxed in their 2-1 win over Africa’s highest-ranked team Morocco.

In preparations for the AFCON, and the qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in November, Bafana Bafana will face Namibia on 9 September and DR Congo on 12 September.

The preliminary squad will still be trimmed from 36 to 23 players next week when Broos announces his final list for the two matches.

After there were previously no players from Kaizer Chiefs in Broos’ latest selection, the Belgian tactician has named Given Msimango, S’fiso Hlanti and Pule Mmodi in his provisional squad.

Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates duo Sipho Chaine and Thabiso Moyane received their first call-ups. Keenan Allan (Moroka Swallows), Zuko Mdunyelwa (Chippa United) and Mlungisi Mbunjana (TS Galaxy), who were part of previous COSAFA/CHAN squads also made the selection.

One of the big surprises is the inclusion of uncapped SuperSport United teenage defender Eme Okon, who was recently praised by Gavin Hunt.

Below is the full preliminary squad, as per SAFA:

1. RONWEN WILLIAMSGKMAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
2. VELI MOTHWAGKAMAZULU FC
3. RICARDO GOSSGKSUPERSPORT UNITED FC
4. SIPHO CHAINEGKORLANDO PIRATES  FC
5. SYDNEY MOBBIEDFSEKHUKHUNE UNITED FC
6. GRANT KEKANADFMAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
7. NKOSINATHI SIBISIDFORLANDO PIRATES  FC
8. AUBREY MODIBADFMAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
9. THABOSI MONYANEDFORLANDO PIRATES FC
10. MOTHOBI MVALADFMAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
11. SIYANDA XULUDFSUPERSPORT UNITED  FC
12. GIVEN MSIMANGODFKAIZER CHIEFS FC
13. INNOCENT MAELADFORLANDO PIRATES  FC
14. KEENAN ALLANDFMOROKA SWALLOWS FC
15. IME OKONDFSUPERSPORT UNITED FC
16. SFISO HLANTIDFKAIZER CHIEFS FC
17. ZUKO MDUNYELWADFCHIPPA UNITED FC
18. LUKE LE ROUXMFVARBERGS BOIS FC
19. NJABULO BLOMMFSAINT LOUIS FC
20. TEBOHO MOKOENAMFMAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
21. GRANT MAGERMANMFSUPERSPORT UNITED FC
22. BATHUSI AUBAASMFMAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
23. SPHEPHELO SITHOLEMFMAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
24. MLUNGISI MBUNJANAMFTS GALAXY FC
25. MIHLALI MAYAMBELAFWARIS LIMASSOL FC
26. THEMBA ZWANEFWMAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
27. KOBAMELO KODISANGFWMOREIRENSE FC
28. KHANYISO MAYOFWCAPE TOWN CITY FC
29. IQRAAM RAYNERSFWSTELLENBOSCH FC
30. PULE MMODIFWKAIZER CHIEFS FC
31. BONGOKUHLE HLONGWANEFWMINNESOTA FC
32. PERCY TAUFWAL AHLY SC
33. ZAKHELE LEPASAFWORLANDO PIRATES
34. LYLE FOSTERFWBURNLEY
35. LEBO MOTHIBAFWSTRASBOURG
36. MONNAPULE SALENGFWORLANDO PIRATES

David Kappel
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