Bafana Bafana v Morocco: All you need to know ahead of 2023 AFCON qualifier

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Bafana Bafana will have to do without the services of left-back Terrence Mashego who was forced to withdraw from the squad after suffering a meniscus tear in his knee during the build-up to Thursday's match.

Hugo Broos has a full squad to choose from otherwise, with goalkeeper and captain Ronwen Williams, as well as defender Innocent Maela both cleared fit to play after arriving in camp with minor injury concerns.

Star forward Percy Tau is among the 22 players who have travelled to Morocco and the Al Ahly star could break Sibusiso Zuma's record for the most goals scored by a South African player in AFCON qualifying.

The former Brighton & Hove Albion forward and Zuma have both scored eight times in AFCON qualifying and he could claim the record outright if he is able to add his name to the scoresheet against the Atlas Lions in Rabat.

MatchesWinsDrawsLossesGoals forGoals A.Goal dif.
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DateCompetitionSA scorersMOR scorers
22/02/981998 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final2-1McCarthy; NyathiChiba
30/01/022002 Africa Cup of Nations group B3-1Zuma; Mngomeni; NomvetheBenmahmoud (p)
04/02/042004 Africa Cup of Nations group D1-1MayoSafri (p)
27/01/132013 Africa Cup of Nations group A2-2Sangweni; MahlanguEl Adoua; Hafidi
11/10/13Friendly1-1RantieEl Adoua
01/07/192019 Africa Cup of Nations group D0-1Boussoufa

Goalkeepers: R. Williams (SuperSport United), V. Mothwa (AmaZulu), B. Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)

Defenders: N. Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), K. Mudau, G. Kekana, L. Lakay (all Mamelodi Sundowns) B. Shandu, I. Maela (both Orlando Pirates), T. Phete (Belenenses, Portugal), T. Fielies (Cape Town City)

Midfielders: S. Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal), G. Mosele (Orlando Pirates), Y. Maart (Sekhukhune United), P. Nange (Kaizer Chiefs)

Strikers: T. Lorch (Orlando Pirates), E. Makgopa (Baroka FC), K. Mayo (Cape Town City), F. Lakay (Pyramids, Egypt), L. Foster (Westerlo, Belgium), B. Hlongwane (Minnesota FC, USA), P. Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt)

Goalkeepers: Y. Bounou (Sevilla, Spain), M. El Kajoui (Hatayspor, Turkey), A Zniti (Raja Casablanca)

Defenders: S. Chakla (OH Leuven, Belgium), S. Mmaee (Ferencvarosi, Hungary), G. Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), N. Aguerd (Rennes, France), A Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain, France), N. Mazraoui (Bayern Munich, Germany), S. Alakouch (Lausanne-Sport, Switzerland), A. Masina (Watford, England)

Midfielders: F. Fajr (Sivasspor, Turkey), S. Amrabat (Fiorentina, Italy), A. Barkok (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), I. Chair (QPR, England), Adel Taarabt (Benfica, Portugal), A. Ounahi (Angers, France), S Amallah (Standard Liege, Belgium)

Forwards: S. Rahimi (Al Ain, UAE), A. Harit (Olympique Marseille, France), M. El Haddadi (Sevilla, Spain), Z. Aboukhlal (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Y. En-Nesyri (Sevilla, Spain), A. El Kaabi (Hatayspor, Turkey), T. Tissoudali (Gent, Belgium)

8. Thamsanqa Gabuza – 3 goals
8. Thamsanqa Gabuza – 3 goals
=1. Percy Tau – 8 goals
=1. Percy Tau – 8 goals
7. Delron Buckley – 4 goals
7. Delron Buckley – 4 goals
6. Shaun Bartlett – 5 goals
6. Shaun Bartlett – 5 goals
=4. Tokelo Rantie – 6 goals
=4. Tokelo Rantie – 6 goals
=4. Benni McCarthy – 6 goals
=4. Benni McCarthy – 6 goals
2. Philemon Masinga – 7 goals
2. Philemon Masinga – 7 goals
=1. Sibusiso Zuma – 8 goals
=1. Sibusiso Zuma – 8 goals