Four notable omissions from previous Bafana squad

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With Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos having revealed his latest squad, FARPost looks at four notable omissions from last month’s squad.

Speaking at the SABC’s Ultimate Sport Show earlier this month, the Belgian mentor indicated that certain players will not be named in the next squad after showing negative attitude in camp.

“I’m happy with what I saw, but I can tell you that there are players who won’t make the squad next time, it’s not because they don’t have quality, but it has to do with the attitude that I have observed in camp,” explained Broos.

It is unclear which players are directly affected by this exactly, but here are the four notable omissions from the previous team.

GIFT LINKS

Links remains one of the consistent overseas-based South African wingers after establishing himself as a regular starter at Danish Superliga club AGF Aarhus.

The 22-year-old was included in last month’s squad and featured against Zimbabwe, but he picked up a knee injury which has kept him out of action for the past two weeks.

He is expected to return to action at the end of September which is the main reason for his exclusion for next month’s double-header against Ethiopia.

SIPHO MBULE

The attacking midfielder was handed his official Bafana Bafana debut in the 0-0 draw against Zimbabwe earlier this month. He came on as a second half substitute as the 1996 champions had to settle for a draw in Harare.

Before their DStv Premiership clash against Swallows FC, SuperSport United confirmed that the 23-year-old is out due to a shoulder injury and he will be sidelined for up to two weeks.

AUSTIN THABANI DUBE

Despite struggling to get regular game time at Kaizer Chiefs, the defender was included in the 24-man squad to face Ghana and Zimbabwe earlier this month.

The 28-year-old has failed to cement his place under coach Stuart Baxter where he has only managed one start in the four league games played so far.

Dube faces tough competition from players who are regulars at the clubs. Thibang Phete is a regular at SAD Belenenses in Portugal, Rushine De Reuk is a regular at Mamelodi Sundowns, Siyanda Xulu is a regular at Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel and new recruit Luke Fleurs is a regular at SuperSport United.

SIBUSISO MABILISO

Having made just two substitute appearances for Kaizer Chiefs this season, the left back has been left out of the squad by the Belgian coach.

Broos has opted for the experienced Sfiso Hlanti and on-form Cape Town City defender Terrence Mashego who has started the 2021/22 campaign very well.

Mabiliso has played for South Africa at both U20 and U23 levels and he is part of a generation that is being introduced into the senior national team set-up, but regular game time is a challenge for him under coach Stuart Baxter.

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By Prince Sobayeni