Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Brent Carelse has defended Hugo Broos’s selection to omit Sundowns right back Khuliso Mudau. Instead, Bafana coach Hugo Broos decided to opt for Nyiko Mobbie in his 23-man squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Mozambique and Angola, respectively.
The exclusion of the Mamelodi Sundowns right back has become a major talking point of Broos’s selection, with many saying that Mudau was overlooked and deserved to have taken Mobbie’s space.
However, Broos seemed unconcerned as he explained his reasons for picking up the Sekhukhune defender over Mudau.
Carelse has backed Broos, and insisted that the Belgian has formed a team ready to put the country’s painful memories to rest, believing that Mobbie has qualities that will be invaluable to Bafana.
“I think the coach feels the other guys will work more for him, players like Nyiko Mobbie and Thapelo Morena, so that’s what he’s going with,” Carelse told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“I don’t think it’s because Mudau is not doing well, it’s just the coach’s choice, and he knows he has enough in that space.
“If I look at Mudau is more similar to Morena in how they operate, but Morena can play in other positions too. Mobbie is different from the two, so that’s why I think the coach made the call.
“The squad looks good with one or two new additions, but overall, that’s a squad that’s being built by Hugo the way he sees fit and also giving young players a chance.”
South Africa will host Mozambique on Thursday, 17 November at Mbombela Stadium, before battling with Angola three days later at the same venue.