Broos explains Mvala's late Bafana call-up

SA National Teams

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has explained his reason for calling up Mothobi Mvala despite the Mamelodi Sundowns star having not featured in the preliminary squad.

Earlier this week, South Africa national team coach Hugo Broos announced his final 23-man squad for the upcoming international friendlies against Guinea and reigning world champions, France.

"We missed Mvala in the game against Ghana," Broos said during his squad announcement on SABC Sport. "He is the one who is very, very aggressive. He recovers the ball, he is strong and so we missed him a little bit.

"We saw also in some of our other games that our midfield was a little bit light. When I see the guys of Orlando Pirates playing, there is power.

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"When I see the midfield of Sundowns normally with Coetzee but he is injured – there is power. So we were looking for that and therefore I was happy that he [Mvala] did so well in the Champions League.

"So I said, 'Okay, this is your moment.' They have their chance and now it's up to them to prove and to show what I think they can show. If they can, then I think our midfield will be stronger than before."

Mvala made his debut for South Africa during the 2017 COSAFA Cup competition and has won nine senior caps to date, including three during last year's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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