Helman Mkhalele believes Bafana can make it to CHAN

Helman Mkhalele believes Bafana can make it to CHAN – Photo: Facebook – Bafana Bafana

Bafana Bafana forced to play COSAFA Cup with less exciting squad

Only eight of the 16 PSL teams released their players to represent Bafana Bafana in the upcoming COSAFA Cup tournament.

Helman Mkhalele believes Bafana can make it to CHAN

Helman Mkhalele believes Bafana can make it to CHAN – Photo: Facebook – Bafana Bafana

Bafana Bafana have been forced to play the 2024 COSAFA Cup tournament with a far less exciting squad.

And that’s because several PSL clubs refused to release their top players initially selected by Helman Mkhalele in his preliminary squad.

As reported by The South African, Mkhalele had named an exciting squad for the upcoming regional tournament.

However, the issue of club versus country ensued, and Mkhalele had no choice but to come up with Plan B in his final Bafana Bafana squad.

For example, Mkhalele had two Orlando Pirates goalkeepers in Melusi Buthelezi and Sipho Chains in his preliminary Bafana Bafana squad alongside Relebohile Mofokeng among others.

He also had Bruce Bvuma and Mduduzi Shabalala of Kaizer Chiefs as well as Deano van Rooyen of Stellenbosch FC.

Mamelodi Sundowns teenage sensation Siyabonga Mabena was also considered for the final squad among other youngsters.

However, the abovementioned players and more aren’t in the final squad but that’s not Mkhalele’s fault as clubs are not obliged to release players for COSAFA Cup tournaments.

Now, the majority of players who made the squad were regulars in their respective teams and have shown potential whenever they featured.

Devin Titus, Thabo Moloisane, Antonio van Wyk, Jaeden Rhodes all shone for Stellies while Sinoxolo Kwayiba was outstanding for Chippa United.

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WHICH PSL TEAMS RELEASED THEIR PLAYERS FOR COSAFA CUP?

Looking at the current Bafana Bafana squad for the COSAFA Cup tournament is only represented by eight different PSL teams.

And they are AmaZulu, Royal AM, Chippa United, SuperSport United, Stellenbosch FC, Cape Town Spurs, Cape Town City, and Polokwane City.

Motsepe Foundation Championship is also represented in the form of Thabang Sibanyani who played for AmaTuks as he was on loan from Sundowns.

WHEN IS THE TOURNAMENT STARTING?

The 2024 COSAFA Cup will get underway on 26 June, and the final is scheduled for Sunday, 7 July.

This year’s edition will take place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha.

It will also be the seventh year in a row that this regional tournament is hosted by South Africa.

Bafana Bafana are in Group A alongside neighbours Mozambique, eSwatini and Botswana.

The South Africans are vying for their first COSAFA Cup title since lifting the trophy in 2021 under the tutelage of the now Jwaneng Galaxy coach Morena Ramoreboli.

It is worth mentioning that Bafana Bafana won the title without conceding. Veli Mothwa of AmaZulu played all the matches.