…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Bafana Bafana Squad Revealed for the 2023 COSAFA Cup
Interim coach Morena Ramoreboli has announced the 23-man squad for the upcoming 2023 COSAFA Cup.
Despite facing challenges in finalizing the squad due to unavailability of regular players from PSL teams, Ramoreboli has managed to assemble a competitive team capable of winning the tournament.
The presence of experienced players and representation from Mamelodi Sundowns adds strength to the Bafana Bafana squad.
Squad Selection Challenges and PSL Player Unavailability Ramoreboli faced difficulties in selecting the final squad as PSL teams did not release the majority of their regular players for the regional tournament.
As a result, the interim coach had to work with a provisional squad of 47 players before narrowing it down to the final 23.
Despite this setback, Ramoreboli persisted in building a formidable team.
Ramoreboli’s Success in Previous COSAFA Cup and Tournament Expectations The coach brings valuable experience to the team, having led Bafana Bafana to victory in the COSAFA Cup during his one-month tenure in 2021.
With this previous success, there are high hopes that Ramoreboli can guide the team to another triumphant campaign.
The goal is clear – to win the COSAFA Cup once again.
Notable Features of the Squad and Mamelodi Sundowns’ Representation Among the selected players, Mamelodi Sundowns have the highest representation with five players in the squad.
Although these players may not be considered regular starters for the club, their inclusion adds strength and depth to the Bafana Bafana team.
Victor Letsoalo, Lyle Lakay, Bonginkosi Makume, Iqraam Rayners, and Sibongiseni Mthethwa are the Sundowns players who will contribute to the squad’s overall strength.
Inclusion of Thabo Cele and Overseas Representation Midfielder Thabo Cele, who currently plays for Radomiak Radom in Poland, has also been included in the squad.
His presence brings an international dimension to the team and adds diversity to the player pool.
Cele’s experience and skills will be valuable assets for Bafana Bafana during the COSAFA Cup.
Conclusion: The announcement of the Bafana Bafana squad for the 2023 COSAFA Cup signifies the team’s determination to clinch another victory in the tournament.
Despite challenges in squad selection and the absence of several PSL regulars, Morena Ramoreboli has assembled a competitive team.
With representation from Mamelodi Sundowns and the inclusion of players like Thabo Cele, the squad looks poised to make a strong impression in the upcoming competition.
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