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MKHALELE NAMES FINAL BAFANA SQUAD FOR COSAFA

Coach Helman Mkhalele has named the 23-man Bafana Bafana squad that is to represent South Africa at this year’s COSAFA Cup tournament scheduled for Durban from 5–17 July.

Mkhalele stated that drawing up the final squad was not an easy process for both he and his technical staff, given the quality they had roped in for their preliminary squad.

The 52-year old mentor added that they were happy with the final 23 players they have chosen and are hopeful they will do the job.

The COSAFA Cup defending champions are scheduled to travel to Durban on 10 July, just three days before their opening quarter-final tie against Mozambique on 13 July.

“This was not an easy process to go through given the fact that everybody in the team showed the hunger and desire to be in the final squad,” Mkhalele said.

“That’s what made it difficult but we are happy with the final 23 we have chosen. We have also made them aware of the expectations set to them going into this tournament and our first game against Mozambique.’’ 

This will be the second time in a row that South Africa will be facing their neighbours in the COSAFA Cup quarter-finals, having sauntered past them with a 3-0 scoreline last year, en route to beating Senegal on penalties in the final.

Mkhalele is aware that Mozambique will come motivated to try and avenge last year’s defeat but is preparing his players for such eventuality. 

“When you go to any tournament as a coach, you need to make sure that you have selected players who have the right mindset, attitude and the willingness to win,” Mkhalele said. “The first game against Mozambique is going to be crucial because this is a side we beat in last year’s edition en route to the final. They will go into this tie with the intentions of avenging that defeat and we cannot let them. We are the defending champions and our intention is go all the way in fighting to defend our title.” 


BAFANA BAFANA’S FINAL SQUAD FOR COSAFA CUP DURBAN 10-17 JULY 2022

MCABAAthenkosiStellenbosch  FC
ADAMS                  JaydenStellenbosch FC
VAN WYKAntonioStellenbosch FC
NTHENELebohangStellenbosch FC
VYVERLincolnCape Town Spurs FC
BUTSAKAChumaniCape Town Spurs FC
MATROSEAzolaChippa United FC
MDUNYELWAZukoChippa United FC
MASEKOThapeloSupersport United FC
JOHANNESKeganSupersport United FC
RASEBOTJASelaeloSupersport United FC
BROOKSEthanAmazulu FC
MZIMELAOlwethuAmazulu FC
SHEZIKhulekaniRoyal AM FC
SIFAMAKeletsoKaizer Chiefs FC
HUMANRowanMaritzburg United FC
MSANISiyandaMamelodi Sundowns FC
MALIVHASydneyBaroka FC
NDHLOVUDanBaroka FC
MAHLANGUMacbethTS Galaxy FC
CELESboneloGolden Arrows  FC
RADIOPANEBoitumeloOrlando Pirates FC
MASHIGOKatlegoPortadown FC (Ireland )

SOURCED FROM THE SAFA WEBSITE.

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