Kaizer Chiefs’ recent turnaround in form in the DStv Premiership has seen the Soweto giants become, perhaps surprisingly, the most represented team in the latest Bafana Bafana squad.
Amakhosi are currently on a four-match unbeaten run in the league which includes wins over Chippa United and SuperSport United, and have climbed to sixth in the standings after Wednesday’s matches.
The Glamour Boys’ domestic form has been recognised by national coach Hugo Broos who named no fewer than FIVE Naturena-based players in his 35-man provisional squad for next month’s 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe (home) and Ghana (away).
Those players are Keagan Dolly, who has been called up for the first time since returning to Mzansi from French Ligue 1 side Montpellier, as well as Bruce Bvuma, Njabulo Blom, Njabulo Ngcobo and S’fiso Hlanti.
Meanwhile, Golden Arrows and SuperSport United boast four representatives each, while AmaZulu, Cape Town City FC and reigning DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns all have three players selected.
Kaizer Chiefs’ fellow Soweto giants Orlando Pirates only have one player in the squad.
Provisional Bafana Bafana squad for November’s 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifiers:
Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs), Oscarine Masuluke (Baroka FC)
Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie (Sekhukhune FC), Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Luke Fleurs (SuperSport United), Terrence Mashego (Cape Town City), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs), Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Njabulo Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), S’fiso Hlanti (Kaizer Chiefs), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thibang Phete (Belenenses), Tercious Malepe (AmaZulu), Sbonelo Cele (Golden Arrows)
Midfielders: Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Thabani Zuke (Golden Arrows), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns), Jesse Donn (SuperSport United), Sphelele Sithole (Belenenses), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City FC), Siyethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu), Nqobeko Dlamini (Golden Arrows)
Strikers: Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Luther Singh (Copenhagen FC), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United), Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM), Percy Tau (Al Ahly), Keagan Dolly (Kaizer Chiefs), Tshegofatso Mabasa (Orlando Pirates), Pule Mmodi (Golden Arrows), Fagrie Lakay (Cape Town City)