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Percy Tau, Keagan Dolly make the cut for final Bafana Bafana squad

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Nov 2, 2021

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has named his final 24-man squad for final 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe (at home) and Ghana (away).

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South Africa take on neighbours Zimbabwe on Thursday, 11 November at the FNB Stadium and three days later, take on Ghana on Sunday, 14 November.

Bafana Bafana lead Group G with 10 points from 4 matches and are the only undefeated side in the group while second placed Ghana have 9 points from the same number of games.

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In-form Kaizer Chiefs midfielder-cum-striker Keagan Dolly makes a welcome return to the national team, as does mercurial striker Percy Tau of Al Ahly.

Other than that, Broos has retained most of the squad that has served him well so far in this campaign with three goalkeepers, captain Ronwen Williams, Veli Mothwa and Bruce Bvuma all being retained in the 24-man squad.

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Also making the final cut is imposing Portuguese-based defender Thibang Phete who plays for Belenenses.

Both South Africa and Ghana will play their 11 November matches in Johannesburg and are expected to depart for Ghana soon after their respective matches.

Due to an unfit pitch, Ghana will take on Ethiopia at the Orlando Stadium before Bafana Bafana lock horns with Zimbabwe later on the same day at the FNB Stadium.

Only the 10 group winners will qualify for the final qualifying round which will determine which five teams from Africa will qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

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Bafana Bafana final 24-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)

Defenders: Sydney Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs), Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Njabulo Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Terence Mashego (Cape Town City FC), Sifiso Hlanti (Kaizer Chiefs), Thibang Phete (Belenenses SAD)

Midfielders: Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses SAD), Thabani Zuke (Golden Arrows), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United), Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City FC), Keagan Dolly (Kaizer Chiefs)

Forwards: Fagrie Lakay (Cape Town City FC), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM), Percy Tau (Al Ahly), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United), Mmodi Pule (Golden Arrows)

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