Three Bafana players to watch v Ethiopia

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South Africa take on Ethiopia in a crucial Fifa World Cup qualifier on Saturday afternoon.

We look at three players who can get the 1996 African champions a positive result in Addis Ababa.

BONGOKUHLE HLONGWANE

Voted as the Man of the Match in Bafana Bafana’s 1-0 win against the Black Stars of Ghana last month, Hlongwane is one of a few young players who have raised their hands in the national team in recent months.

The Maritzburg United attacker scored on his senior debut against Uganda in June before finding the back of the net again when Bafana took on Ghana last month.

The young man from KwaZulu Natal has a very bright future in this game.

TEBOHO MOKOENA

Coach Hugo Broos has recently praised the SuperSport United midfielder for his tenacity and hunger whenever he gets an opportunity to play and the 24-year-old has been a revelation for Matsatsantsa this season scoring two goals in the six appearances he has made so far.

Mokoena has been in the senior team set-up since making his debut in 2017. He has made seven international appearances with his only goal coming in a 6-0 win against Seychelles in 2018.

Last month, he played for South Africa in their two opening qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Ghana respectively.

He laid an assist as the Cosafa nation defeated Ghana 1-0 to get maximum points at the iconic FNB Stadium.

VICTOR LETSOALO

Probably the most on-form striker in the national team at the moment, the Royal AM attacker has scored five DStv Premiership goals in five games so far.

He is yet to prove his worth in an official national team game, but the 28-year-old finished as the top goal scorer in the 2021 Cosafa Cup (four goals) as Bafana were crowned champions.

If form is anything to go by, Letsoalo will cause the Walias a lot of problems in forward areas in the upcoming clash.

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By FARPost Reporter