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Broos – Why Mabasa Is Omitted From Bafana

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has explained why the Orlando Pirates striker Tshegofatso Mabasa is not included in his 24-man final squad.

The Belgian mentor has announced his final squad to face Ghana and Zimbabwe in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers games this month.

Mabasa was in the Hugo Broos’ 36-man provisional squad that he announced last week, but was omitted in the final 24-man selection.

South Africa enter the final two round of fixtures as Group G leaders followed by Ghana, as Ethiopia and Zimbabwe are officially out of the race to make it for the next round.

“It was a little disappointing for him that I changed him after 30 to 35 minutes in Ethiopia, but he was not in the game,” Broos said on SABC Sport during the squad announcement.

“And I talked to him after the game and said ‘what is a problem’, he said ‘I didn’t feel good’. So when. I think he was too emotional, I think he was still nervous.

“He wanted to prove how good he was, and you are too nervous and too focused on the game. And then It cuts your legs, and you saw it. He was there but he wasn’t there.

“So I had to do it and because of that, maybe now he didn’t have the confidence anymore. When I see him playing last game in his team, I saw it in the last game he had two good opportunities to score, normally it’s a goal or one or two certainly, now he missed more.

“I think for the moment he is struggling with his confidence, he doesn’t have the confidence, and you see also in his way of playing he is not anymore the striker that I selected before Ethiopia because I think it was the type of player we should need in Ethiopia.

“He is not that player anymore for the moment. So I think it’s a matter of confidence and I hope that he will find this confidence as soon as possible.”

Bafana Bafana will host Zimbabwe at FNB Stadium on Thursday, 11, before heading to Ghana three days later this month.

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