Mzansi Fans Have Mixed Reactions Over Helman Mkhalele's Bafana Bafana Squad for the Cosafa Cup

Mzansi Fans Have Mixed Reactions Over Helman Mkhalele's Bafana Bafana Squad for the Cosafa Cup

  • Bafana assistant coach Helman Mkhalele left out several star players from his Coasafa Cup squad
  • The tournament, hosted in Mzansi, kicks off on Wednesday, 26 June 2024, and can only feature locally based players.
  • Fans took to social media to say Mkhalele could have picked a stronger squad, while others applauded his selection

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Helman Mkhalele named his Bafana squad
Bafana's assistant coach Helman Mkhalele will use the Cosafa Cup to elevate youngsters. Image: helman_midnightexpress/Instagram
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Helman Mkhalele, who will lead Bafana's 2024 Cosafa Cup campaign, disappointed some fans with his team selection.

Mkhalele selected a youthful Bafana squad, ranked 10th in Africa, for the tournament, which will kick off at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday, 26 June 2024.

Helman Mkhalele said players need experience

Mkhalele announced his squad in the tweet below:

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Speaking on the SAFA website, Mkhalele said the tournament, which only allows locally based players, will serve as a platform for players while Zimbabwe could recall winger Khama Billiat.

Mkhalele said:

"As we observed during the Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d'Ivoire earlier this year, the football on the continent has improved drastically. So, for us to sustain the current performance of Bafana Bafana and improve it, it is important that we have players that can perform at that level without any doubt."

Fans questioned the team selection

Local football fans took to social media to question why Mkhalele did not select PSL youngsters such as Relebohile Mofokeng, Siyabonga Mabena, Jayden Adams or Samkhelo Zwane.

Bra Moro made a wish:

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"The next tournament should be hosted in Bloemfontein."

Farell Mushaphi likes the squad:

"Nice one. Let these players play."

David Mabe criticised the squad:

"Our B team."

Noluthando Kaboyellow Sandawana Nqoko is not happy:

I'm so disappointed about this squad; Mkhalele is not taking Cosafa seriously."

Aza Sivenathi Madlodlo likes the fresh faces:

"At least I see a lot of young players here."

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