5 October 2023 – Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has named his final 23-member squad for the international friendly matches against Eswatini and Côte d’Ivoire this 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 2023.

The Bafana Bafana coach said as he continues to finetune his squad, the two matches this month will help him get even closer to the kind of team he has in mind for next year’s AFCON and the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month.

“We have again three injured players for the moment, players who played in the previous games. It’s a pity, but I think for 80-85% that the team is made (for AFCON),” Broos said on Thursday (5 October 2023) after announcing the Bafana Bafana squad. “There can be changes, certainly there can be changes, but I’m very happy that we are already so far. With those two games now, Eswatini and Côte d’Ivoire, I can really make the choices next month for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Benin and Rwanda.”