Bafana Bafana squad: One Orlando Pirates striker picked, and one ignored

Orlando Pirates striker Tshegofatso Mabasa is the top scorer in this season’s DStv Premiership. Has he been included in the latest Bafana Bafana squad?

Bafana squad includes seven Orlando Pirates players

Bizarrely, 15-goal Tshegofatso Mabasa isn’t one of them. Defenders Tapelo Xoki, Thabiso Monyane, Innocent Maela and Nkosinathi Sibisi are joined by attackers Evidence Makgopa, Patrick Maswanganyi and teenager Relebohile Mofokeng.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos announces preliminary squad for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria and Zimbabwe in June

— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) May 15, 2024

Safa statement

“Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has named a 36-member preliminary squad for next month’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria and Zimbabwe,” the FA said.

“The South African senior men’s national team face Nigeria’s Super Eagles away from home in Uyo on Friday, 7 June 2024 and then return to host Zimbabwe at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, 11 June 2024.

“The final 23-member squad will be announced in the next few days. Bafana Bafana will return to Bloemfontein for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They last played in the city when they beat France 2-1 in the global FIFA tournament 14 years ago.

“The gates at Free State Stadium will open at 15h00 and the tickets are priced at R50.00 for adults. Kids, scholars and students will pay R20.00 (school uniform and student cards required for over 12-year-olds). Tickets are available at TicketPro outlets, Spar, SuperSpar, Putco, Postnet etc,” the note concluded.


As per Soccer-Laduma, Orlando Pirates are keen to tie Olisa Nda down to a brand-new contract at the club.

“You know his (Ndah) initial contract is ending in June this year. He joined the team (Pirates) in 2021 signing a three-year contract but now the club wants to keep him further. It’s true last season was not a good season for him but he has come back strong this season. Everyone at the club is happy with his performance and that’s why they are offering him another three-year deal, until June 2027. From where things are, we can say it’s as good as done. Because it is about a 90% (chance of being) done soon. Since he is playing this season he also wants to stay and that makes things easier for all the parties involved,” said the source. 

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