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Bafana Bafana will kick off their bid to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament with a tough trip to Morocco. Photo: Thabang Lepule/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana squad breakdown: Which PSL club has the most players?

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos this week named his preliminary 29-man squad for friendlies against Guinea and France later this month.

Bafana Bafana

Bafana Bafana will kick off their bid to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament with a tough trip to Morocco. Photo: Thabang Lepule/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos this week named his preliminary 29-man squad to begin preparing for back-to-back international friendlies against Guinea and France later this month.

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The South African national team will travel to Belgium to take on Guinea on Friday, March 25 before facing current world champions France on their home turf on Tuesday, March 29.

France are ranked third in the most recent FIFA rankings, with South Africa in 68th place and Guinea 81st.

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As is often the case, attention immediately turned to which PSL teams had the most players selected – and who missed out.

In terms of big-name player casualties, in no particular order Njabulo Blom, S’fiso Hlanti and Njabulo Ngcobo (all Kaizer Chiefs), Themba Zwane and Andile Jali (both Mamelodi Sundowns) and France-based Bongani Zungu appear to be the most eyebrow-raising absentees.

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In terms of PSL team representation, there’s no surprise to learn that reigning DStv Premiership champions and runaway log leaders this season, Mamelodi Sundowns, have the greatest number of players with 5.

Three teams – Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates – have 3 players, while Cape Town City FC have contributed 2.

Interestingly, there are 4 overseas-based players in the squad – and ALL 4 are strikers, which may well say something about the quality – or lack thereof – of marksmen in Mzansi.

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Bafana Bafana squad breakdown per club:

Mamelodi Sundowns (5)

Rivaldo Coetzee, Rushine de Reuck, Khuliso Mudau, Lyle Lakay, Teboho Mokoena

Kaizer Chiefs (3)

Bruce Bvuma, Brandon Petersen, Keagan Dolly

Golden Arrows (3)

Nkosinathi Sibisi, Sbonelo Cele, Pule Mmodi

Orlando Pirates (3)

Thabang Monare, Goodman Mosele, Bandile Shandu

Cape Town City FC (2)

Terence Mashego, Mduduzi Mdantsane

SuperSport United (1)

Ronwen Williams

AmaZulu (1)

Veli Mothwa

Sekhukhune United (1)

Nyiko Mobbie

Chippa United (1)

Veluyeke Zulu

Stellenbosch FC (1)

Athenkosi Mcaba

TS Galaxy (1)

Ethan Brooks

Royal AM (1)

Victor Letsoalo

Baroka FC (1)

Evidence Makgopa

Unattached (1)

Siyanda Xulu

OVERSEAS BASED

Egypt (2)

Fagrie Lakay (Pyramids FC)

Percy Tau (Al Ahly)

USA (1)

Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Minnesota United FC)

Belgium (1)

Lyle Forster (Westerlo)