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Johnson Congratulates Chiefs Pair

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson has congratulated the duo of goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma and centre-back Given Msimango on being included in Bafana Bafana’s provisional squad.

Bvuma and Msimango were both named in Hugo Broos’ provisional list for next month’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

The two Amakhosi players will be hoping to give it their all and have something to smile about after yet another trophyless season at Naturena.

Bvuma has been in and out of the national setup over the past couple of years and has earned himself three caps since 2017. Msimango on the other hand is yet to feature for the national team, though he has featured once for the U23 side.

Johnson heaped huge praise on the pair and equally urged them to work hard to crack the final squad.

“That’s very nice, I will give them a round of applause today,” Johnson told the media.

“And I think they’ve done well both Given and Bruce, they’ve done well to have that call from the national coach.

“And they just have to go and do their best and hopefully they are part of the nation’s team that goes into qualification rounds for the World Cup.”

Broos’ charges will first take the trip to Nigeria for a crunch clash with the Super Eagles on Friday, 7 June 2024, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium. Kick-off is at 21h00.

South Africa then hosts The Warriors at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, 11 June 2024, at 18h00. Bafana makes a return to the City of Roses for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup when they beat France 2-1 in their final Group A game 14 years ago.

Nigeria and South Africa renew their rivalry once again after the former needed a 4-2 penalty shootout victory to reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast earlier this year.

Finidi George’s charges also enjoy a better head-to-head record against their South African counterparts. In 13 meetings, Nigeria has come away with eight wins, managing four draws and losing just a single tie.

South Africa however holds the upper hand against Zimbabwe. They have lost just twice in eight outings, winning five, with one match ending in a stalemate.

Bafana coach Broos still needs to cut down his 36-man preliminary squad to 23 names.

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