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Mkhalele speaks on player availability challenge ahead of Angola CHAN qualifier


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September 2022 –
Bafana Bafana coach Helman
Mkhalele says he would have loved to have had a full squad earlier in the week
instead of a day before their second round, second leg CHAN qualifier clash
against Angola on Sunday .

Bafana Bafana held their first training
session with a complete squad (24 players), after having a limited number of
players for the most part of their second leg camp, after having reconvened on
Thursday following their return from Luanda, Angola, on Tuesday night.

Mkhalele stated that this made Bafana
Bafana’s preparation process a bit more challenging for this crucial fixture,
having had to play against a side that has been together for a while.

The Bafana Bafana match against the
Palancas Negras will now take place at Dobsonville Stadium (Kick-off 15h00),
instead of the initially proposed Orlando Stadium.

“We are looking forward to tomorrow’s game
and we are hoping to overturn the 2-0 deficit we conceded and fight our way to
qualify for 2023 CHAN tournament,” Mkhalele said.  “It is not going to be an easy challenge
because today will count as the first time having a full squad training
together, having reconvened this past Thursday. We will use this time to do
everything in our power to ready the team and push for the desired result.

“This is the sad part and a reality that
we’ll have to deal with right here at home because teams are not obliged to
release players…. These CHAN qualifiers are played outside the FIFA/CAF
calendar,” Mkhalele added.

“Be that as it may, we were hoping to get
some cooperation from our clubs to release some of their unused players on
time. We do not blame the teams but one would have thought, looking at were
Bafana Bafana is now, that we would pull together in rebuilding the Bafana
Bafana brand to a level we all believe it could be in. I really was hoping for
some form of compromise (from the clubs).

Mkhalele said  he was expecting a tough challenge from
Angola, adding that the visitors have been playing together for a while now.

“Looking at Angola, they have been together
for quite some time now. These are the best players they have selected from
their elite league that we’ll be playing against on Sunday,” Mkhalele said. “They
have been together since the COSAFA Cup tournament, moving into the CHAN
qualifiers together as a unit. This has not been the case with us, though, hence
I say a bit of a compromise from our respective clubs in getting players early
for our camp could have gone a long way for us.”

South Africa vs Angola CHAN second round, second leg
CHAN Qualifiers

NAME SURNAME POSITION CLUB
PIETERSE Reyaad Goalkeeper Mamelodi Sundowns
MOLEFE Bontle Goalkeeper Kaizer Chiefs
SAMBO Kamogelo Defender Free State Stars
PHILLIPS Keenan Defender SuperSport United
DUBE Austin Thabani Defender Kaizer Chiefs
MAHLANGU Kamogelo Macbeth Defender TS Galaxy
JOSTE Wayde Defender Orlando Pirates
MODISE Malebogo Defender All Stars FC
LEBUSA Musa Defender Mamelodi Sundowns
MALEPE Tercious Defender AmaZulu
NGOBENI Sifiso Defender Mamelodi Sundowns
MALINGA Kagiso Defender Orlando Pirates
SALENG Monnapule Midfielder Orlando Pirates
MAKHUBELA Ntsako Midfielder Orlando Pirates
NYEMBE Sabelo Midfielder All Stars FC
SITHOLE Kamohelo Midfielder Sekhukhune United
RADEBE Sabelo Midfielder Kaizer Chiefs
MVALA Mothobi Midfielder Mamelodi Sundowns
MAHLATSI Kamogelo Midfielder Kaizer Chiefs
NDLOVU Siphesihle Midfielder Orlando Pirates
MKHULISE Sphelele Midfielder Mamelodi Sundowns
SIFAMA Keletso Forward Kaizer Chiefs
NXUMALO Prince Forward Sekhukhune United
KUTUMELA Thabiso Forward Mamelodi Sundowns



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