With Bafana Bafana’s final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations having been confirmed this week, KickOff.com takes a look at club representation.
Stuart Baxter on Sunday cut his squad from 26 players who assembled and trained in Johannesburg last week, and left three behind as they departed for the next phase of preparations in Dubai on Monday evening.
With Mamelodi Sundowns having been crowned champions of the 2018/19 Absa Premiership season, it is no surprise that most of the Bafana contingent come from Chloorkop.
The Brazilians boast five players including Tiyani Mabunda, Hlompho Kekana, Lebogang Maboe, Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi.
Bidvest Wits, including departing goalkeeper Darren Keet, have contributed four, with skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi and Sifiso Hlanti making up the list.
Kaizer Chiefs have three representatives in Bruce Bvuma, Daniel Cardoso and Ramahlwe Mphahlele, while Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United each share two, with Innocent Maela and Thembinkosi Lorch and Ronwen Williams and Dean Furman respectively.
Thamsanqa Mkhize from Cape Town City completes the local based players, while the European contingent make up the remaining six in the squad, with Bongani Zungu and Lebo Mothiba from France, Thulani Serero and Lars Veldwijk from Netherlands, Percy Tau from Belgium (loan from England) and Kamohelo Mokotjo from England.
Ben Motshwari of Pirates, Fortune Makaringe of Maritzburg United – although understood to have signed for The Buccaneers too – and City’s Kermit Erasmus didn’t make the cut.