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Five players Broos should have included in his Bafana Bafana squad

10:25 GMT+3 16/03/2022
Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos.
The Belgian made his national team selections for the first time in 2022 as South Africa resume international football duty

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos last week named his preliminary squad for the upcoming friendly matches before trimming his team to 23 players on Monday.

South Africa are set to play Guinea in Belgium on March 25, before meeting France in Lille four days later.

  • Hugo Broos, South Africa coach

    Broos under scrutiny

    After failing to qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup, Broos is back with his Bafana Bafana squad, preparing to make amends in the next campaign.

    The Belgian was not under pressure to qualify for Qatar as he made it clear he was rebuilding a squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations as well as future major tournaments.

    Now South Africa are back in action and Broos' squad selection is once again under scrutiny.

    The coach has picked certain players he used to ignore such as Mamelodi Sundowns stars Lyle Lakay, Khuliso Mudau and Rivaldo Coetzee who is, however, injured.

    Broos has also stuck to his guns in the selection of the likes of Nyiko Mobbie and Ethan Brooks.

    GOAL lists five players who could add value to Broos' squad and should be part of the upcoming friendlies.

  • Lebo Mothiba - Bafana Bafana vs Sudan

    Lebo Mothiba

    The 26-year-old forward boasts vast experience in international football and started all Bafana's matches at the 2019 Afcon finals in Egypt.

    He has now returned from a long-term injury and has muscled his way into the Troyes playing squad where he is on loan to gain full fitness from Strasbourg who showed faith in him by extending his contract.

    This would have been the perfect moment for Broos to call him up and reintegrate him into the Bafana set-up after three years away from national team duty.

    Mothiba was on target in a Ligue 1 match against Bordeaux just over a week ago and is slowly returning to his former best.

    At 26, age is on his side to fit into Broos' rebuilding plans and having been in France for almost a decade now, he already has the much-needed experience Bafana need.

  • Bongani Zungu

    Bongani Zungu

    Zungu came back from a loan spell at Rangers with a bad boy image after an offence for breaching Covid-19 regulations.

    His return to Ligue 2 side Amiens SC was marked by struggling for fitness, then recently he was publicly blamed by his coach for costing the team following a red card incident.

    But all that does not take away his talent and experience. He has returned to full fitness.

    If selected for Bafana, the 29-year-old would add more options for Broos due to his versatility.

    Recently, he was being played as a centre-back and this is a player who is also good as a defensive linkman or attacking midfielder.

  • Thulani Serero, Bafana Bafana, October 2018

    Thulani Serero

    Given that Broos selected Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabang Monare who is 32, Serero (31) also deserves a chance.

    When Ghana ended South Africa's World Cup hopes in November 2021, Bafana were glaringly exposed as a side that lacked experience.

    With Serero having played Uefa Champions League football with Ajax Amsterdam and still going strong in the Arabian Gulf League, he is a player Bafana need now.

    He has started 17 of Al Jazira's 19 league games this season and was at the Fifa Club World Cup last month.

  • Lebogang Phiri, Bafana Bafana, October 2018

    Lebogang Phiri

    Phiri is playing regular football in the Turkish top-flight league for Rizespor.

    At 27, he could be having a few more years of international football in him and having been in Europe for the past decade, the midfielder has the experience Broos could need in his team.

    But he has never been considered by Broos and last turned out for Bafana in November 2019 under Molefi Ntseki.

  • Andile Jali, Bafana Bafana, March 2021

    Andile Jali

    Jali is currently on top of his game at Mamelodi Sundowns and has established himself as a midfield kingpin in their Caf Champions League campaign.

    He is one of the PSL players in top form at the moment and performing far better than a few midfielders selected by Broos.

    The 31-year-old is way better than Monare whose call-up was a shocker.

    Also considering Jali's experience of reaching the Caf Champions League final with Orlando Pirates, playing top-flight league football in Belgium and returning home to become a top player for Sundowns, he can still play international football.