Zwane recalled as Broos names 23-man Bafana squad

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 14: Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos during the South Africa mens national soccer team press conference at SAFA House on June 14, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 14: Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos during the South Africa mens national soccer team press conference at SAFA House on June 14, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has sensationally recalled Mamelodi Sundowns star Themba Zwane in his 23-man squad to face Botswana and Sierra Leone later this month.

Hugo Broos is set to return to the Bafana Bafana dugout for two international friendlies in September, with the South Africa national team scheduled to take on Botswana and Sierra Leone this month.

Broos was a notable absentee during South Africa's recent COSAFA Cup and CHAN qualifying campaigns but has returned to name a new-look 23-man squad for the upcoming fixtures, which includes the return of Mamelodi Sundowns star Themba Zwane.

The Belgian tactician has also named a number of uncapped players in his squad in the form of TS Galaxy goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi, Stellenbosch FC midfielder Sibongiseni Mthethwa and the overseas-based duo of Luke Le Roux and Mihlali Mayambela.

Meanwhile, the attacking trio of Percy Tau, Evidence Makgopa and Bongokuhle Hlongwane rank among the more notable absentees, with all three forwards ruled out of selection due to respective injuries suffered at club level.

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The 23-man Bafana Bafana squad to face Botswana & Sierra Leone:

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (Mamelodi Sundowns), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu) & Melusi Buthelezi (TS Galaxy)

Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Khuliso Mudau (Mamelodi Sundowns), Terrence Mashego (Cape Town City), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Nkosinathi Sibisi (Orlando Pirates), Thibang Phete (Al Bataeh, UAE) & Aubrey Modiba (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Midfielders: Goodman Mosele (Orlando Pirates), Sibongiseni Mthethwa (Stellenbosch FC), Teboho Mokoena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal) & Luke Le Roux (Varbergs BoIS, Sweden)

Forwards: Khanyisa Mayo (Cape Town City), Lyle Foster (Westerlo, Belgium), Mihlali Mayambela (Aris Limassol, Cyprus), Pule Mmodi (Golden Arrows), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Zakhele Lepasa (Orlando Pirates) & Kgaogelo Sekgota (Kaizer Chiefs)

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