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Broos Set To Hand Bafana Prelim Squad, Bonus Talks Ongoing

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos will submit his preliminary squad over to the CAF next week, iDiski Times has learnt.  

This is in preparation for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals that is taking place early next year in the West African country – Ivory Coast.  

Then, after Broos has submitted this squad, he will trim it down for the final list to CAF between 2 and 3 January, with Bafana squad converging for the tournament on 4 January, which was revealed a few weeks ago by this website. 

Meanwhile, as was revealed by iDiski Times previously, SAFA and Bafana players are still in a stalemate to agree on the bonus fees heading to the AFCON finals.  

SAFA offered Bafana Bafana players the bonus, but the senior players including captain Rowen Williams have turned it down, saying it was not what they expected from the association.  

SAFA proposed another offer to the players and again it was rejected.

“There is a huge stalemate looming with Bafana equalled to that of Banyana Banyana,” said the source. 

“It is late already now, and this matter has not been ironed out.”             

Banyana were involved in a huge bonus disagreement with SAFA ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this year, where they boycotted their send-off match against Botswana at Tsakane Stadium which was deemed subpar preparation compared to the World Cup standards in New Zealand and Australia.  

Various contractual and treatment matters that were handed to them that they rejected. It was then solved by the Motsepe Foundation which pledged R6 million along with the Ithuba National Lottery, which pledged R2 million.    

Previously, SAFA CEO Lydia Monyepao, along with SAFA president Danny Jordaan informed this publication that they had agreed bonus structure with Bafana players, with Jordaan saying he was not in that meeting, but Monyepao was, but Bafana senior players rejected the initial offer.  

As it is now, no agreement has been reached more than a month before Bafana open their AFCON campaign against Mali at Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on 16 January.  

Bafana, in Group F, will also meet Namibia and Tunisia – having missed the 2022 edition after they failed to qualify.  

Bafana have not reached the AFCON semifinal since 2000 when it was co-hosted in Ghana and Nigeria, where they claimed the bronze medal.  

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' former KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN. Robin-Duke has left iDiski Times.