Victor Letsoalo. Image: Backpagepix
Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos did not mince his words when announcing his 23-man squad to face Morocco in a crucial qualifier next month.
Victor Letsoalo. Image: Backpagepix
Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos did not mince his words on Thursday when announcing his 23-man squad to face Morocco in a Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier next month.
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Broos cut his Bafana Bafana preliminary squad from 38 to 23 players as he unveiled the group that will be considered for selection for the clash against Morocco in Rabat on Thursday, 9 June.
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Broos declared that “playtime is finished” as he explained the decision to overlook certain players, and below is a recap of all his controversial comments.
He was particularly scything of 29-year-old Royal AM striker Victor Letsoalo who has scored the second most goals (15) this league season.
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The Bafana Bafana boss explained why he continues to overlook Themba Zwane and Andile Jali, despite the latter being nominated for five PSL awards:
“Last year when I selected my first squad, everyone was asking my ‘why didn’t you select ‘Njabulo Ngcobo, he is the best defender’ and look what to him at Kaizer Chiefs, he doesn’t play… Don’t focus on Jali has five nominations and Zwane has this, but I’m looking through them, I look through them.
“I said it from the beginning and I’ve said it now and I’ll say it in two years when I’m still here, I’m very sorry but I don’t see why I should select Jali or Zwane.”
Hugo Broos commented on the omission of Siyanda Xulu, who is without a club after leaving Hapoel Tel Aviv:
“I can’t have players who don’t play and don’t have the tempo of the game, we are going to play in Morocco in three weeks. Morocco have only one player who plays in their local competition, all the rest are in Europe, playing for Juventus, Sevilla, Bayern Munich. They have the rhythm of European football. Xulu is a very important guy for the group but I can’t do that (select him). Playtime is finished now.”
The coach also explained why he continues to overlook Bongani Zungu:
“I see what happened (with him) in France. I am very sorry but this is not a guy who has to be with our group – for the moment. I don’t speak only about his qualities as a player, but when you see the troubles he had with Amiens this year, he didn’t play in half of the games because there was trouble.
“It was not because he was not good enough but because there were troubles. Three or four months ago, the trainer and the chairman of the club wanted to get him away.What is important is the attitude and the mentality of the player. One player can mess up everything because he doesn’t have the right mentality. For the moment, I will not pick Zungu, because when I see what happened at Amiens, it can happen here, and that I don’t want.”
Hugo Broos offered controversial reasoning for leaving out Royal AM’s Victor Letsoalo:
“Letsoalo scores penalties, so he’s not so good anymore for a striker.”
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Goalkeepers (3): Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)
Defenders (9): Nyiko Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Khuliso Mudau (Mamelodi Sundowns), Grant Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lyle Lakay (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bandile Shandu (Orlando Pirates), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Thibang Phete (Belenenses, Portugal), Taariq Fielies (Cape Town City FC), Terrence Mashego (Cape Town City FC)
Midfielders (4): Spephele Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal), Goodman Mosele (Orlando Pirates), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United), Phathutshedzo Nange (Kaizer Chiefs)
Strikers (7): Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Khanyisa Mayo (Cape Town City FC), Fagrie Lakay (Pyramids, Egypt), Lyle Foster (Westerlo, Belgium), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Minnesota FC, USA), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt)
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