Five Bucs in Bafana Preliminary Squad

Five Orlando Pirates players have been named as part of a 30-man preliminary squad announced by South Africa coach Hugo Broos ahead of internationals against Mozambique and Angola.

Bafana Bafana will be in action later this month in two friendly matches against the two nations, both taking place at Mbombela Stadium.

On Thursday, the Belgian mentor shortlisted a squad of 30 players ahead of the fixtures, and included five Buccaneers in the list.

Skipper Innocent Maela has been retained along with fellow defender Nkosinathi Sibisi as well as striker Zakhele Lepasa. 

There are also call-ups for midfielder Miguel Timm, who has slotted in seamlessly in the Bucs lineup since joining from Marumo Gallants at the start of the season, while attacking midfielder Monnapule Saleng also gets a nod, having been impressive since debuting for the Club in October.

The squad is set to be trimmed to 23 in the coming weeks, and all five Bucs players will look to form a part of the national team’s preparations for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers kicking off in March.

They will assemble for a national camp on Sunday 13 November, four days before the first friendly, which is against Mozambique in Mbombela.

Bafana next take on Angola at the same venue, in a game kicking off on Sunday, 20 November.

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