On form Orlando Pirates star gets Bafana Bafana reward! 

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has named his preliminary squad for the two 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers next month. 

Bafana are set to take on both Nigeria and Zimbabwe in June, in their quest to qualify for the showpiece. 

Having finished third to earn a bronze medal at Afcon, Bafana will try to get to the World Cup. Their next assignment in that regard will be a trip away to Uyo to take on Nigeria on the 7th of June. This will be a grudge match for Broos’ charges who will want to get revenge after their penalties loss.

Mofokeng in Bafana preliminary squad

Four days later, Bafana will take on Zimbabwe on home soil, with Bloemfontein set to be the venue. In preparation for those fixtures, Broos has named a preliminary squad, which will be cut down before the trip to Nigeria. And just like any other squad selection, there are both inclusions and omissions which make interesting talking points. In terms of inclusions, the much anticipated one of Orlando Pirates winger Relebohile Mofokeng takes the cake. 

Mofokeng has enjoyed a breakthrough season for Pirates. He has earned the right to be one of the first names on coach Jose Riveiro’s starting line up. The 19-year-old has 10 goal contributions in 34 games in all competitions for the Buccaneers this season. Besides the Bafana attraction, he has also earned the attentions of a few teams beyond South African borders. 

Will he leave Pirates?

Earlier in the season, Pirates announced that Mofokeng had been invited for trials at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Off late, there have been reports of him attracting interest from Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers. Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg and African giants Al Ahly are also in the mix. A Bafana cap will only boost his profile further in that regard, 

With the squad set to be cut down, Mofokeng might still not make the final Bafana squad. Should he do so though, then it would signal massive progression in his fledging career.