Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has named his squad for the upcoming Afcon qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan.
FARPost looks at the players who ply their trade abroad who have been included in the squad by the national team mentor.
THIBANG PHETE & SIYANDA XULU
In defence, Ntseki has included the two players who play in Portugal and Israel for SAD Belenenses and Hapoel Tel Aviv respectively.
Both centre backs are making returns to the squad having been left out for different reasons in the past. Phete was part of the coach’s plans in rent times and only missed out on the last camp due to medical reasons while Xulu makes the team for the first time under Ntseki.
Phete has played 17 Primeira Liga games so far this season while Xulu has played 20 in the Israel Premier League.
SERERO, ZUNGU, DOLLY, TAU, SINGH & FURMAN.
With the exception of Thulani Serero, the other players were part of the national team camp for the back-to-back games against Sao Tome last year.
Serero was initially called up to the squad in November, but he pulled out due to medical reasons. The Al Jazira anchor returns to the fold having played all of his club’s games in 2021.
The worrying factor for the coach will be the fact that some of his most experienced campaigners have not been getting regular game time at their respective clubs.
On Tuesday evening, Dean Furman was handed his first start of the new year as Carlisle United lost 2-1 against Colchester while Keagan Dolly has been mostly left on the bench for Montpellier in the new year.
Foster is the only striker who plays abroad that has gotten the nod for this important camp. The 20-year-old returns to the squad after missing out in the November camp. He has rarely played at club level due to injuries and he is a surprise inclusion in the team.
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