Themba Zwane has joined the South African Senior National Football team as they prepare for their two friendly games against Sierra Leone and Botswana both taking place at the FNB Stadium on Saturday and Tuesday.
The attacking Masandawana midfielder last played for the national team in 2020 against Sao Tome and Principe, Mshishi scored twice as South Africa defeated Sao Tome 4-2 in the 2021 Afcon qualifier at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
This is the first call-up for the 33-year old maestro since Hugo Broos took over as South Africa head coach in 2021, the former footballer of the season has has always demonstrated the willingness to join Bafana Bafana should he be selected and his inclusion in the squad is proof that he is still one of the highly rated midfielders in the country. Zwane expressed his excitement about making the cut to be a part of the national squad for the upcoming friendly matches, he said:
“I am very pleased and honored to be a part of the national squad as it is always an honor to play for my country.” Masandawana faithful and the coaches believe the call up is well deserved, talking about Zwane’s inclusion, Coach Rulani Mokwena said: ”I am excited about Themba being part of the squad because I have been advocating for this. I also want to take my hat off to [Coach] Hugo Broos because it’s one thing to be stubborn as a coach, and when you have the humility to be able to correct a certain narrative that shows incredible leadership.”
Zwane is no stranger to the national set-up and will link up with familiar faces, including his teammates Ronwen Williams, Khuliso Mudau, Rushine De Reuck, Aubrey Modiba and Teboho Mokoena that have also received national call-ups to the Bafana squad. Due to injury, Terrence Mashego, who made his debut for The Brazilians on Sunday has been pulled out from the squad by the National Team doctors.
Bafana Bafana will meet with Sierra Leone on Saturday, September 24 and Botswana on Tuesday, September 27, with both matches taking place at the FNB Stadium. Kick-off for both games is at 15H00.