Orlando Pirates star SNUBBED From latest Bafana Bafana squad!

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. 

Bafana to take on Nigeria and Zimbabwe

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.

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. This time around, the biggest omission has to be that of Orlando Pirates striker Tshegofatso Mabasa

Pirates star Mabasa snubbed

Mabasa has been banging in the goals for fun, since his return to Pirates in January. He spent the first half of the season at Moroka Swallows, where he netted six goals. He is currently the top goal scorer in the DStv Premiership, with his tally sitting on 15. Many had been expecting him to replace teammate Evidence Makgopa who had been suffering from injury until recently. 

But in true Broos style, he has made a controversial exclusion, deciding to stick with the fit again Makgopa. With the form that Mabasa has shown since January, one would’ve expected that he would at least make the preliminary squad. But as it stands, he will watch on from the sidelines.

Broos has decided to recall Lyle Foster and stick to Iqraam Rayners, who is battling Mabasa for the Golden Boot. Here is the full Bafana preliminary squad below: