Bafana Bafana starting XI vs Mozambique: Saleng and Hlongwane start

Abdul Nurudeen Manaf of Ghana challenged by Bongokuhle Hlongwane of South Africa, August 2021
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After wins against Sierra Leone and Botswana, South Africa are looking for a third straight victory

South Africa head coach Hugo Broos has named his starting XI to take on Mozambique in an international friendly on Thursday.

Bafana take on the OS Mambas at the Mbombela Stadium. The match offers Broos yet another opportunity to assess his boys ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March 2023.

How Bafana are lining up:

  1. Ronwen Williams
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    Ronwen Williams

    Williams started in the friendly match against Sierra Leone, and he kept a clean sheet.

    He has been preferred again ahead of Veli Mothwa and Melusi Buthelezi.

  2. Sydney Mobbie
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    Sydney Mobbie

    The Sekhukhune United fullback takes the right-back position ahead of Thapelo Morena, who is among the substitutes.

  3. Aubrey Modiba
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    Aubrey Modiba

    He was one of the scorers during the 4-0 victory against Sierra Leone, and against Mozambique, Modiba has been trusted with the left-back position.

  4. Rushine de Reuck
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    Rushine de Reuck

    A standout performer for Masandawana in the season, and his performances at club level have continuously secured him a place in the national team.

  5. Grant Kekana
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    Grant Kekana

    Broos starts the experienced Masandawana defender at the heart of the defence alongside his club teammate, De Reuck.

  6. Miguel Timm
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    Miguel Timm

    Has been in sensational form with the Sea Robbers.

    Much is expected of him as far as cushioning the back four and effectively linking up with the attacking front.

  7. Teboho Mokoena
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    Teboho Mokoena

    The 25-year-old midfielder scored the only goal in their match against Botswana.

    Broos has preferred the 2018-19 PSL Young Player of the Season to take charge of the deep midfield roles.

  8. Bongokuhle Hlongwane
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    Bongokuhle Hlongwane

    The Minnesota United star has been drafted to start as a right forward.

  9. Themba Zwane
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    Themba Zwane

    A prolific attacking midfielder at club level, Mshishi is expected to be a leader in the squad as they take on the visiting Mambas.

  10. Monnapule Saleng
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    Monnapule Saleng

    The in-form Orlando Pirates star starts as Kaizer Chiefs' Kgaogelo Sekgota is benched.

  11. Zakhele Lepasa
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    Zakhele Lepasa

    Although he has had rather limited playing time at Orlando Pirates, his two assists against Sierra Leone should motivate him going into the game.