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Official: Bafana Call Up New Coaches & Players

Bafana Bafana have called up two new coaches as well as three players following their 1-0 victory over eSwatini.

The national team announced on Friday that Lebohang Maboe, Victor Letsoalo and Vusi Sibiya have linked up with squad, while they have also brought in U17 coach Vela Khumalo and goalkeeper coach Thembalethu Moses to assist Morena Ramoreboli.

The latter had taken over the reigns after Helman Mkhalele, who was supposed to lead Bafana at the Cosafa Cup, had tested positive for Covid-19.

After battling to their second 1-0 victory in the Cosafa Cup on Wednesday, Ramoreboli gave an honest assessment of the team’s tournament performance so far.

“I think some of some of the things that are happening now gives us a chance to say we should approach every game with respect, because we know that we haven’t played our best game,” he said in a response to a question from iDiski Times during the post match presser. 

“And we are more like underdogs. So honestly speaking, I believe that as much as we have been collecting points, we have not been at our best and I still believe that we still have a chance of getting there. 

“The other thing which we should always look at, is the number of players we had. You know, sometimes it becomes difficult for you to make a change because you’re worried about getting an injury. 

“Those are some of the things that made things very difficult for us. But we really need to thank God for carrying us through up to so far, we have managed to get the six points, I believe that going forward, we’ll have a better and fully team so we can compete.”

Ramoreboli admits that having just a handful of players meant there options were limited, but he is confident that they will have a full squad by the next game.

“Yes, that’s true,” continued Ramoreboli 

“We’ll have more players for the next match. We had challenges, but I think now they’re sorted. You know, we should be honest, the covid issue is something that really affects us so much, but we can’t run away from the fact that it is a pandemic that we are facing, we need to deal with it. 

“The fortunate part is that God has been with us up to so far, and I believe that we’ll have everybody in the next match against Lesotho.”