Broos trims squad for AFCON qualifiers

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Hugo Broos. PHOTO: Getty Images

The Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos, has trimmed his squad from the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Liberia.

Last week Broos named a 36-player interim squad for the two crucial games in Group K. The 70-year-old Belgian tactician has now cut 13 players to trim the squad to 23 members.

With Morocco already having qualified, the winner of these two games will finish second in the group and advance.

Broos said he believes that they have the squad to do the job and it’s now a matter of the players backing their own abilities.

“Honestly, until now I didn’t think about us not winning,” said Broos

“I’m sure in the qualities that we have that we can beat them. The only thing now is that also the players have to believe.

“It’s up to us now to make them believe into the qualities we have. Just believe in our own qualities. If we believed in our own qualities and we are mentally strong, we will two twice.”

The national team will go into camp on Sunday in preparation for the important qualifiers.

Bafana and Liberia will battle it out next week Thursday at the Dobsonville Stadium in the first game.

Goalkeepers – Ronwen Williams (Mamelodi Sundowns), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Ricardo Goss (SuperSport United)

Defenders – Sydney Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Nkosinathi Sibisi (Orlando Pirates), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Aubrey Modiba (Mamelodi Sundowns), Grant Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyanda Xulu (Turan-Tovuz IK, Azerbaijan)

Midfielders – Njabulo Blom (St Louis City, USA), Teboho Mokoena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Luke Le Roux (Vargerb Bois, Sweden), Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal)

Forwards – Monnapule Saleng (Orlando Pirates), Lyle Foster (Burnley, England), Mihlali Mayambela (Aris Limassol, Cyprus), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Minnesota, USA), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Zakhele Lepasa (Orlando Pirates), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt), Cassius Mailula (Mamelodi Sundowns).

Morgan Piek