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Broos Unconcerned Over Downs Star

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos says he has no concerns over Rushine de Reuck not featuring for Mamelodi Sundowns since the previous international break.

The Sundowns defender has become the cornerstone of the new-look Bafana defence since Broos’ appointment and has looked rock solid alongside Siyanda Xulu in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers – playing every minute of their Group G campaign thus far.

But he’s been sidelined at Masandawna since picking up a niggling injury due to the imperious form of Grant Kekana and Mosa Lebusa during his short absence – which the national team coach appeared unbothered about.

“I don’t see any reason why I should doubt Rushine now. Okay, he hasn’t played since Ethiopia, I think the first game he was a little bit injured but in the other two games the coach chose someone else,” he said.

“This is not a reason for me to doubt the qualities of Rushine. He did well in every game so no problem, for me.”

With his Sundowns teammate Mothobi Mvala, who’s played a crucial role in defensive midfield ruled out through injury, question marks have been raised over who will fill the role.

Not only has Mvala showcased his ability to break to play and shield the back-four with his tireless displays – he also provides strength in defending and attacking set-pieces for the squad.

Belenenses duo Thibang ‘Cafu’ Phete (27) and Sphephelo Sithole (22) can both feature in the role but Broos refused to confirm what his plans are for the Zimbabwe and Ghana games in the absence of the former Highlands Park man.

“Phete and Sithole are there, they are part of the 24 players I selected. So that’s all, we’ll see in the next games I will choose and we’ll see Thursday which players we play.”

South Africa face the Warriors at FNB Stadium on Thursday evening at 21h00 before ending off Group G at the Cape Coast Stadium against Ghana on Sunday.

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