16 March 2023 – Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has announced a squad of 23 players who will represent the country in crucial back-to-back 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Liberia this month.
Broos said these are the players he is sending out to fly the country’s flag high and he appealed to supporters to fill up Orlando Stadium when his charges host the Liberians in the first match between the two sides on Friday, 24 March 2023 (kick off 18h00).
“Everybody knows the importance of these games and supporters can lift you to a higher level (if the stadium is full),” the Bafana Bafana coach said after announcing his squad.
“This is what we need on the day. Let us hope that South Africans come and support us at the stadium (in great numbers).”
Broos’ charges welcome the Liberians to Orlando Stadium on Friday, 24 March and then travel by charter flight to the Liberian capital Monrovia to tackle the West Africans on 28 March 2023.
Bafana Bafana will go into the two games on the back of an unbeaten run that began last year. The run began in September when Broos’ charges beat Sierra Leone and Botswana in two friendlies played at FNB Stadium.
They continued their winning ways when they came back from a goal down to beat Mozambique 2-1 through a well-taken second half brace from Bongokuhle Hlongwane in a friendly international played at the Mbombela Stadium on 17 November 2022.
They were then held to a 1-1 draw by Angola during a friendly international also played at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday, 20 November 2022, but the result enabled the side to extend their unbeaten run to four matches in a row.
The South African senior men’s national team will go into camp in Johannesburg on Sunday 19 March 2023.
Squad to take on Liberia:
|1. RONWEN WILLIAMS||GK||MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC|
|2. VELI MOTHWA||GK||AMAZULU FC|
|3. RICARDO GOSS||GK||SUPERSPORT UNITED FC|
|4. SYDNEY MOBBIE||DF||SEKHUKHUNE FC|
|5. INNOCENT MAELA||DF||ORLANDO PIRATES FC|
|6. NKOSINATHI SIBISI||DF||ORLANDO PIRATES FC|
|7. THAPELO MORENA||DF||MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC|
|8. AUBREY MODIBA||DF||MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC|
|9.GRANT KEKANA||DF||MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC|
|10. MOTHOBI MVALA||DF||MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC|
|11. SIYANDA XULU||DF||TURAN TOVUZ|
|12. LUKE LE ROUX||MF||VARBERG BoIS FC|
|13. NJABULO BLOM||MF||ST LOUIS CITY|
|14. SPHEPHELO SITHOLE||MF||BELENENSES SC|
|15. TEBOHO MOKOENA||MF||MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC|
|16. MONNAPULE SALENG||FW||ORLANDO PIRATES FC|
|17. THEMBA ZWANE||FW||MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC|
|18. ZAKHELE LEPASA||FW||ORLANDO PIRATES FC|
|19. CASSIUS MAILULA||FW||MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC|
|20.MIHLALI MAYAMBELA||FW||ARIS LIMASSOL FC|
|22. LYLE FOSTER||FW||BURNGLEY FC|
|23. PERCY TAU||FW||AL AHLY SC|