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COSAFA Cup: South Africa name squad

Helman Mkhalele has named South Africa's COSAFA Cup squad

Hosts South Africa has announced its 20-man squad for the upcoming COSAFA Cup to be played in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape province.

Assistant coach Helman Mkhalele announced the squad in Johannesburg, with new coach Hugo Broos still out of the country. Mkhalele, a former Bafana Bafana player, will be in charge of the team during the tournament and he will be assisted by national under-17 coach Veli Khumalo.

South Africa8 have been drawn into the same group as Botswana, Eswatini and Lesotho for the competition. The COSAFA Cup will be played from July 6-18. Eswatini and Lesotho will kickoff the tournament at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and South Africa will take on Botswana later that day, on July 6.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all matches will be played without supporters.

The fixtures for the 2021 COSAFA Cup will start a day earlier than what was originally planned.

Bafana Bafana will go into camp this week before travelling to the Eastern Cape for the competition.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Sifiso Mlungwana (Golden Arrows FC)

Defenders: Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Denwin Farmer (Baroka FC), Siyabonga Ngezana (Kaizer Chiefs FC),  Njabulo Ngcobo (Moroka Swallows FC), Keenan Phillips (Supersport United FC), Mashweu Mphahlele (Baroka FC), Sifiso Ngobeni (Bloemfontein Celtic FC), Bongani Sam (Orlando Pirates FC)

Midfielders: Sphelele Mkhulise (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy FC), Siyethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu FC), Kgaogelo Sekgota (Moroka Swallows FC), Tiklas Thutlwa (Black Leopards FC), Happy Mashiane (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates FC), Goodman Mosele (Baroka FC)

Strikers: Tshegofatso Mabasa (Orlando Pirates FC), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United FC)

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