a fresh look Helman Mkhalele will serve as the captain of the South African team during this regional contest.

Beginning on Wednesday at King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium, Bafana Bafana will play Mozambique in the quarterfinals of their quest to win back the Cosafa Cup.

South Africa, under the renowned Helman Mkhalele, is aiming to defeat the Mambas, who are also starting their competition at the last-eight stage.

South Africa, which won its fifth Cosafa championship last year, is seeking to tie Zimbabwe, who also holds six regional championships, by winning its sixth.

They face a Mozambique team that has never triumphed in this competition, which started in 1997.

The best results Mozambique has ever had in this competition were placing second in 2008 and 2015.

In this Cosafa competition, Namibia and Zambia have already secured their places in the semifinals, and the winner of Bafana’s match against Mozambique will play Namibia on Friday.

Game South Africa vs Mozambique
Date Wednesday, July 13
Time 17:00 SA Time

Squads & Team News

Ethan Brooks, Bafana Bafana, June 2021
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Bafana will face Mozambique without AmaZulu midfielder Ethan Brooks due to injury.

The diminutive linkman picked up a knee injury but it has been considered as not serious and is expected to be back should Bafana reach the semi-finals.

Brooks is the only surviving member of the squad that won the Cosafa last year and after participating in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, his experience will be missed.

Mkhalele’s current group includes Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Keletso Sifama, Rowan Human of Maritzburg United as well as Orlando Pirates striker Boitumelo Radiopane and they are being groomed for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Mozambique players
Goal Ghana

No injuries have been confirmed in the Mozambique camp and the Mambas would be hoping they go into Wednesday’s match strong enough for Bafana.

Just like their opponents South Africa, most Mozambique players ply their trade in the domestic league.

Match Preview

While South Africa were crowned Cosafa Cup champions last year, Mozambique finished the tournament in fourth position.

That means the Mambas have now won their last two Cosafa games after losing the semi-finals and the third-place play-off.

Interestingly, it was Bafana who beat the Mambas in the semi-finals after goals from Njabulo Ngcobo, Yusuf Maart and Victor Letsoalo handed tournament hosts a 3-0 victory.

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