Kaizer Chiefs offered former Bafana Bafana a senior coaching role.

Kaizer Chiefs offered former Bafana Bafana a senior coaching role. Source; Twitter

Bafana Bafana to return to action after a full year absence

Bafana Bafana are set to return to action after a year-long absence when they face Sao Tome and Principe in two AFCON Qualifiers in November

Kaizer Chiefs offered former Bafana Bafana a senior coaching role.

Kaizer Chiefs offered former Bafana Bafana a senior coaching role. Source; Twitter

Bafana Bafana are set to return to competitive action when they face Sao Tome and Principe in back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in November 2020.

Bafana Bafana are yet to play in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic after all international fixtures were posted. The last time Molefi Ntseki’s men featured in a competitive match was in November 2019 when they defeated Sudan by a 1-0 scoreline.

Bafana Bafana return to action in November

SAFA has confirmed that the men’s national team will play two AFCON Qualifiers in November before playing another two qualifiers in March 2021 with the hope of qualifying for AFCON 2022 which is now set to take place in Cameroon during January 2022.

“Bafana Bafana will be back in competitive football in November and will complete their qualifiers for the Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 in March next year.” a SAFA statement read.

“The AFCON qualification campaign was suspended in March this year due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Before hosting and travelling to Sao Tome and Principe, national team coach Molefi Ntseki is organising two friendly matches between 5-13 October to get his charges ready for battle.

“After the Sao Tome back-to-back qualifiers, South Africa will be back in competitive action between 22-30 March 2021 when they host Ghana in the penultimate qualifier before travelling to Sudan for the final encounter of the qualification matches.”

SAFA pleased with the smooth return of football to the country

After lengthy discussions between SAFA, the PSL and government, football in the country finally returned after a 5-month long break and SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has since expressed his delight in the smooth return.

“We are happy that the National Soccer League has resumed. Our compliance officers are working very well with the league and we want to thank the NSL and the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture for their full cooperation,” said SAFA CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe.

“The domestic season will be completed in time for SAFA to register the PSL clubs for participation in the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup and Bafana Bafana will also have match fit players to choose from.”

Bafana Bafana will now begin preparing for their double-header against Sao Tome and Principe in November. They’re likely to play two friendlies during the October international period as preparation for the remaining AFCON Qualifiers.

Molefi Ntseki’s men sit in second place in Group C of the 2022 AFCON Qualifiers with three points from their opening two games while Ghana top group C with six points from their opening two fixtures. Sudan sit in third place with three points and Sao Tome and Principe sit in fourth without recording a single point after two games.