The 2002 World Cup qualifiers starts on September 1st in Africa. The South African coach, Hugo Broos, spoke about the upcoming confrontations. The message is clear.
Hugo Broos, South Africa's coach since May 2021, is slowly getting his bearings. The winner of the 2017 African Cup of Nations is preparing for the first few days of qualification for the 2022 World Cup. The South Africa coach, who has been in charge since May 2021, is now preparing for the first round of qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and has been answering questions on the sidelines of the publication of his list for the next two matches against Zimbabwe on 3 September and Ghana on 6 September.
The coach has a legitimate ambition to qualify. But he would not be disappointed if the opposite happens. "I want to be in Qatar but don't be disappointed if Bafana don't qualify. That is the ambition I want in my team. But as you see, qualifying for the World Cup is very difficult. Especially as an African country, it is extremely difficult.''
The main difficulty for the Belgian coach is the number of participants in the African zone. There are only five places available. The forty teams still in the running will therefore be playing their cards close to their chest.
Broos unveiled his list by preselecting 31 players. The selection is mainly made up of local players. Bafana Bafana are in the same group as Ghana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.
The full list
Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United FC), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu FC), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Sifiso Mlungwana (Golden Arrows FC)
Defenders: Defenders: Sydney Mobbie, Rushine De Reuck, Thapelo Morena (all Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Siyanda Xulu (Haopel Tel Aviv FC, Israel), Thibang Phete (Os Belenenses, Portugal), Thabani Dube, Njabulo Ngcobo (both Kaizer Chiefs FC ), Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Sibusiso Mabiliso (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates FC)
Midfielders: Kobamelo Kodisang (FC Braga B, Portugal), Sipho Mbule, Teboho Mokoena (both SuperSport United FC) Mothobi Mvala, Sphelele Mkhulise (both Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Sphephelo Sithole (Os Belenenses FC, Portugal), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United FC), Siyethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu FC)
Forwards: Thabiso Kutumela (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United FC), Gift Links (Aarhus GF, Denmark), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoalo, (Royal AM FC) Percy Tau (Brighton, England), Luther Singh (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)