Not one player from Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates played in Bafana Bafana’s Soccer World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on Friday.
When Hugo Broos announced his squad of 23 to take on Zimbabwe and Ghana, it was the first time that no Pirates player was selected in over four years!
There were five Kaizer Chiefs players called up but not a single one of them took part in this match.
Astonishingly, not one player from either of the Soweto Giants took to the field.
Is this the end of an era of Chiefs and Pirates dominance in Bafana Bafana squads? On the face of it, it certainly seems so.
Several of the Chiefs players selected will struggle to get game time. Bruce Bvuma, Austin Dube, Njabulo Ngcobo, Njabulo Blom and Sibusiso Mabiliso were all selected in Broos’ recent squad.
However, Bvuma will not be starting any time soon with Ronwen Williams named as captain of the national side. Dube was prominent in the Bafana Bafana’s Cosafa Cup triumph but currently sits below the pecking order with the likes of Siyanda Xulu and Rushine De Reuck preferred by coach Broos.
Both players did very little wrong against Zimbabwe and Xulu was one of the best players on the pitch.
Njabulo Ngcobo is a quality defender who definitely deserves his chance but he has not featured yet for Chiefs since joining Naturena.
Chiefs best bet is Sibusiso Mabiliso who was a surprise omission for Broos’ side against Zimbabwe. He is too good to not start and is needed if South Africa wants to rejuvenate their attack for their clash against Ghana.
Njabulo Blom has been in excellent form for Chiefs and is eagerly awaiting his Bafana Bafana debut.
It is clear that the dominance of Chiefs and Pirates in Bafana Bafana squads has been halted. Broos is focused on young talent and form and has done away with players with older players who were previously selected based on their name.
Itumeleng Khune, Themba Zwane, Thembinkosi Lorch, Thulani Hlatshwayo have all been excluded.
Despite being some of the biggest household names in the PSL and Bafana Bafana.