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Bafana Announce Starting XI For Botswana

Bafana Bafana have announced their starting XI for their Cosafa Cup clash with Botswana.

The team is much-changed from the first match of Hugo Broos’ reign, a 3-2 win over Uganda.

While Broos will only return to South Africa for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Helman Mkhalele is in charge of the team throughout the Cosafa Cup.

South Africa were drawn in Group A alongside Botswana, Eswathini and Lesotho but the tournament has also had to be restructured following the withdrawal of two teams, Comoros and Madagascar.

This has seen a change in the groups, as there will now only be two groups rather than three, with five teams in each group, which means Zambia has been added to Bafana’s group.

In the opening game, though, they will meet Botswana, whom they have beaten in their last six contests, with the latest one coming at the Cosafa Cup in 2019 on penalties.

Here is how they line up:

Bafana XI: Mothwa, Mobbie, De Reuck, Dube, Mphahlele, Sithebe, Brooks, Mkhulise, Phohlongo, Saleng, Sibanyoni

Botswana XI: Morake, Johnson, Ditlhokwe, Gaololwe,Leinanyane, Mohutsiwa, Mpolokang, Boy, Setsile, Elias, Kgamanyane