Hugo Broos

Bafana Bafana have suffered another massive blow on the eve of their all-important 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifier at home against Zimbabwe. Photo: SAFA website

Bafana Bafana suffer THIRD massive blow as key man ruled out – BREAKING

Bafana Bafana have suffered another massive blow on the eve of their all-important 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifier at home against Zimbabwe.

Hugo Broos

Bafana Bafana have suffered another massive blow on the eve of their all-important 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifier at home against Zimbabwe. Photo: SAFA website

Bafana Bafana have suffered another massive blow on the eve of their all-important 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifier at home against neighbours Zimbabwe on Thursday, 11 November.

The clash at the FNB Stadium is due to kick off at 21:00.

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SuperSport United’s Jesse Donn has been called up to replace injured Sekhukhune United star Yusuf Maart.

Donn was part of coach Hugo Broos’ initial 35-man squad but wasn’t named among the 24 members who made the final squad.

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The confirmation of Maart’s unavailability is the THIRD piece of bad news for Broos ahead of what is a ‘can’t lose’ match against the Warriors.

Earlier, Kaizer Chiefs’ Sifiso Hlanti was forced to pull out of the squad after tearing his Achilles. He was replaced by AmaZulu’s Tercious Malepe.

Broos will also be without red-hot striker Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM) who is suspended for the match.

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After the Zimbabwe match, Bafana Bafana will head to Ghana to face the Black Stars on Sunday, 14 November at 21:00 (SA time).

Bafana Bafana currently top Group G with 10 points after four matches with Ghana a point behind.

Both Ethiopia and Zimbabwe have been eliminated from contention.

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Only the 10 group winners will qualify for the next phase which will ultimately determine Africa’s five representatives at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

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UPDATED BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)

Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs), Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Njabulo Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Terrence Mashego (Cape Town City), Tercious Malepe (AmaZulu), Thibang Phete (Belenenses SAD, Portugal)

Midfielders: Sphelelo Sithole (Belenenses SAD, Portugal), Thabani Zuke (Golden Arrows), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Jesse Donn (SuperSport United), Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City), Keagan Dolly (Kaizer Chiefs)

Forwards:  Fagrie Lakay (Cape Town City), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United), Pule Mmodi (Golden Arrows)

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