Bafana Bafana assistant Coach Helman Mkhalele has announced the squad for the upcoming 20th edition of the Cosafa Cup, which will be staged in Gqeberha, Port Elizabeth from July 7 to 18.
Mkhalele who will be assisted by u17 head coach, Vela Khumalo has also named four players on standby in case of withdrawals from the current squad.
The Bafana legend, who started his national team coaching career with a bang against Uganda Cranes, will be aiming to take this new-look South Africa side further in the tournament. Bafana beat the East Africans 3-2 in a friendly international two weeks ago with a squad comprising mostly youngsters and Mkhalele has retained some of those who did duty against Uganda.
“The objective is to win the Cosafa Cup and that will help us with our preparations for World Cup qualifiers,” said Mkhalele in a press conference at Safa House on Tuesday.
Bafana Squad for the Cosafa Cup
Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs), Sifiso Mlungwana (Golden Arrows)
Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Denwin Farmer (Baroka), Siyabonga Ngezana (Kaizer Chiefs), Njabulo Ngcobo (Swallows), Keenan Phillips (Supersport United), Mashweu Mphahlele (Baroka), Sifiso Ngobeni (Bloemfontein Celtic), Bongani Sam (Orlando Pirates).
Sphelele Mkhulise (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Siyethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu), Goodman Mosele (Baroka), Kgaogelo Sekgota (Swallows), Tiklas Thutlwa (Black Leopards), Happy Mashiane (Kaizer Chiefs), Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates).
Tshegofatso Mabasa, (Orlando Pirates), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United).
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By FARPost Reporter