Tshegofatso Mabasa of Orlando Pirates has been named in the provisional Bafana Bafana squad. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Tshegofatso Mabasa of Orlando Pirates has been named in the provisional Bafana Bafana squad. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

One thing is clear Bafana Bafana coach Broos wants goals with beefed up attack

By Mihlali Baleka Time of article published Sep 22, 2021

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CAPE TOWN - There is one thing that’s clear in the Bafana Bafana’s 34-man provisional squad ahead of their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers - coach Hugo Broos wants to see more goals.

Orlando Pirates duo Tshegofatso Mabasa and Vincent Pule are the notable inclusions upfront, following their stellar performances for their team in their last two matches when they inspired the Buccaneers to back-toback victories away and at home.

Mabasa richly deserves the call-up. Troubled by injuries for the better part last season, Mabasa went through a patchy stretch. But now fully-fit, the former Bloemfontein Celtic man has been a colossal figure for his team upfront.

He’s scored in his last two matches, coming off the bench and as a starter. Mabasa’s physique, aerial qualities and footwork makes him an ideal No 9. But he’ll need the assistance and guidance of seniors such as Percy Tau in Africa.

Bafana have scored only one goal in the global showpiece qualifiers thus far, following their 1-0 win over Ghana at home and goalless draw away to Zimbabwe, but those four points have taken them to the summit of the standings in Group G.

Ethiopia, though, should be a different kettle of fish. They are stubborn defensively having conceded only one goal thus far. That’s why Bafana’s attacking unit has to be sharp. Often the goal difference can prove crucial in tight groups such as this one is expected to be.

Broos’ midfield department looks solid as well, despite lingering questions over the omission of Rivaldo Coetzee. The Mamelodi Sundowns defensive-midfielder has been arguably the best player in the top-flight this term.

Coetzee cleans up well for the defence and is constructive going forward as well. But perhaps the inclusion of Goodman Mosele will make the difference in Bafana’s engine room that is needed. Mosele has enjoyed an impressive start to life with the Bucs.

Not only has he covered well for the defence but he’s chipped in with two goals in four starts, showing his knack to join in on attack as well. While Mosele is gradually becoming a household name in local football, Jesse Donn is still an unknown figure.

Promoted from their reserve team a few seasons ago, Donn wasn’t a regular in SuperSport United’s midfield. But it is Donn who has stood out this season and been instrumental in the team’s bright start.

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