23 September 2023 – Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has named a 36-member preliminary squad for the international friendly matches against Eswatini and Côte d’Ivoire next month.

Broos’ charges host Eswatini on 13 October 2023 (kick off is at 18h00) and then travel to West Africa to face next year’s Africa Cup of Nations hosts Côte d’Ivoire on 17 October. These matches are part of the coach’s preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations in January next year, and for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November. The venue of the international friendly match against Eswatini will be confirmed in the coming days.

The team will report for camp in Johannesburg on 8 October 2023 and after hosting Eswatini on 13 October, Broos and his charges will travel to Abidjan on a direct flight from Johannesburg on the following day. They return to South Africa on 18 October.

The preliminary squad will be trimmed to 23 players in the coming days when Broos announces his final list for the two matches.