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Bafana Bafana midfielder Themba Zwane – Photo: Twitter @Masandawana

South Africa vs Liberia: Predicted Bafana Bafana XI with FOUR Sundowns stars

Bafana Bafana face Liberia in a crunch AFCON qualifier on Friday, and we think Hugo Broos could pick FOUR Sundowns stars from the start.

Bafana Bafana Sundowns Themba Zwane

Bafana Bafana midfielder Themba Zwane – Photo: Twitter @Masandawana

As many as FOUR Sundowns stars could make the starting XI for Bafana Bafana against Liberia on Friday night.

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Bafana Bafana boss Hugo Broos. Image: @iDiskiTimes / Twitter

Predicted Bafana Bafana XI vs Liberia

Williams; Mobbie, Xulu, Sibisi, Maela; Mokoena, Mvala; Saleng, Zwane, Tau; Foster

Ronwen Williams is the obvious pick in goal. Sundowns have conceded just nine goals in 23 league outings this term, and Williams has been in between the sticks for 20 of those matches, conceding just seven times. The 4-2-3-1 allows outstanding his Sundowns teammates Teboho Mokoena and Mothobi Mvala to form a formidable double pivot at the base of midfield.

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Themba “Mshishi” Zwane deserves to be picked in the number 10 role, after having worked his way back into favour under the Belgian boss Broos. He’s the conductor of the orchestra. That’s four Brazilians covered, but also don’t forget that Nyiko Mobbie, a stalwart at right-back, is on-loan at Sekhukhune from Sundowns. Also, red-hot striker Cassius Mailula is a dangerous option off the bench for his manager.

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Could Minnesota United striker Bongokuhle Hlongwane also stake a claim for a place in the starting XI in the wide attacking areas? What about Sphephelo ‘Yaya’ Sithole at the base of midfield? Broos has options.

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Sundowns fans basking in glory. Photo: Twitter @Masandawana

Kickoff from Orlando Stadium on Friday night is at 18:00. What do you think of this lineup? What changes would you make if you were the South Africa boss?

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