Bafana Bafana vs Sao Tome and Principe: Five players to watch

Keagan Dolly, Bafana Bafana, October 2020
South Africa are set to face the Falcons and True Parrots Team for the first time when they meet in the 2022 Afcon qualifier on Friday

  1. Keagan Dolly 

    Keagan Dolly 

    The attacking midfielder is slowly getting back to his old self after overcoming his injury woes and he is now a regular at his French club Montpellier HSC.

    Dolly looked the likeliest to score for South Africa in both of Bafana Bafana's friendly matches against Namibia and Zambia last month and he did find the back of the net against the latter.

    Blessed with mesmerising dribbling skills and a wicked left foot, the 27-year-old could be key to a Bafana win over Sao Tome and Principe. 

  2. Luis Leal 

    Luis Leal 

    The Falcons and True Parrots Team are yet to score in their Group C campaign and the scoring responsibility will be on Leal's shoulder. 

    The Mexico-based marksman scored twice as Sao Tome and Principe ended a 21-year wait for a first Afcon away victory by defeating Mauritius 3-1 in the qualifying preliminary round in October 2019.

    Leal, 33, will be determined to inspire his nation to another famous away win when they take on a Bafana defence which has failed to keep a clean sheet in their last two matches. 

  3. Bongani Zungu

    Bongani Zungu

    Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki has finally swallowed his pride and recalled Bongani Zungu to the national team after omitting him from the previous squads. 

    Zungu, who is arguably South Africa's best central midfielder, brings stability and authority to Bafana's midfield and he is also able to contribute goals having been the team's top scorer at the 2019 Afcon finals with two goals.

    The Rangers FC player is expected to make his first appearance for Bafana since last year's Afcon finals and he will be keen to show the technical team what they have been missing by playing an integral role in helping the team secure a win. 

  4. Harramiz Soares
    Estoril Praia

    Harramiz Soares

    Sao Tome and Principe head coach Adriano Eusebio has called-up Harramiz, who is expected to ease the pressure on Luis Leal as the Island country look to end their scoring woes.

    The Portugal-based striker is coming into the clashes against Bafana in good scoring form having netted twice in his first four matches for his new club Estoril Praia in the Segunda Liga.

    Harramiz, who played in the Portuguese Primeira Liga for Tondela, will be looking to maintain his scoring form and help his side cause an upset against the 1996 African champions.

  5. Percy Tau

    Percy Tau

    The influential forward remains South Africa's best player and when the chips are down, the team turn to him and look for him to deliver.

    Boasting nine goals in 26 caps for Bafana, Tau has been in good form for Anderlecht lately having netted two goals in his last four matches in the Belgian First Division A.

    However, the 26-year-old player has failed to score in his last seven matches for the national team and he will be determined to end his scoring drought and inspire Bafana to a must-needed victory.