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Mosimane: Bafana Bafana will qualify for 2023 Afcon with Zwane 'wearing skating boots'

12:00 PM WAT 29/09/2022
Pitso Mosimane, coach of Al Ahly holds trophy
New Al Ahli Saudi head coach Pitso Mosimane strongly believes South Africa will qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
  • Bafana will collect six points from Liberia according to Mosimane
  • The accomplished tactician feels Broos has created competition in the squad
  • Mosimane is happy to see Zwane return to the national team fold

WHAT HAPPENED: Mosimane divulged that he watched the match between Bafana Bafana's 2023 Afcon qualifying group rivals as Morocco secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Liberia three months ago.
Therefore, the Atlas Lions are sitting at the top of the Group K standings - six points clear of second-placed Bafana in a three-team group with Zimbabwe having been disqualified from the qualifiers due to the suspension of the Zimbabwe Football Association by Fifa.
Mosimane feels Bafana will defeat Liberia both home and away when the two teams meet in March next year, which would see the 1996 African champions qualify for the Afcon finals.

WHAT DID MOSIMANE SAY? "I saw the game they (Liberia) played against Morocco whilst I was in Rabat," Mosimane, who was in charge of Bafana between 2010 and 2012, wrote on his official Twitter page.
"Bafana will collect six points. Coach (Broos) has created competition within the team. Mshishi (Themba Zwane), showed that he is still hungry and still wearing his skating boots. We going to Afcon finals."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Zimbabwe's disqualification boosted Bafana's chances of securing a spot in the finals. The two top teams from Group K's three-team group will qualify for the tournament which is set to be staged by Ivory Coast.

Zwane's return to the national team has also improved the Bafana squad. The Mamelodi Sundowns attacker brings much-needed creativity, goals, and experience to Broos' side and this was evident in the emphatic win over Sierra Leone on Saturday.

WHAT NEXT FOR CHIEFS? Safa will look to secure friendly games for Bafana ahead of next month's World Cup break. Broos' side would use the matches as part of the team's preparations for the back-to-back Afcon 2023 qualifiers against Liberia. 

The five-time Southern African champions will not take part in the upcoming 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar having failed to qualify for the tournament.