Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has detailed the surprise inclusion of defender Siyanda Xulu in his latest squad for this month's two international friendlies.
Broos announced the surprise addition of the former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns defender who was not named in the initial 23-member squad.
Speaking at a press conference at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, Broos explained that Xulu was called in as a late replacement for injured Thibang Phete.
"We had an injured player, so we had to replace him. We had two options on whether I take another player or I take Siyanda," Broos explained.
Xulu has recently recovered from an injury that kept him out of action for five months, but has featured in the last three matches for new club Turan IK.
"I know I said last week it was a bit too soon for him because Siyanda was out for five months but in the last two games, he played 90 minutes."
"So I prefer to have someone Like him again with the team because he's been in the group that I saw already before. Maybe he’s not at 100%, but I know he’s a professional guy. When I need him he will give 100%."
Xulu was a central figure in Broos' 2022 World Cup qualifiers squad and has appeared twice for Bafana Bafana this year, a 0-0 draw against Guinea and a 5-0 loss to France in March.
"Again, he was always there until the game against France. So that’s why I took him back. I know him, I know his mentality," Broos added.
Bafana Bafana will lock horns against Sierra Leone and Botswana on 24 and 27 September.
Both matches will be played at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
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