Bafana Bafana assistant coach Helman Mkhalele has revealed that there are planned talks between SAFA and the PSL over the availability of players to complete the CHAN mission.

The national team is now in the final round of qualifiers for the African Nations Championship finals set to be staged in Algeria next year and will book their ticket if they beat Angola over two legs in the coming weeks.

Mkhalele, who is in charge while head coach Hugo Broos is exempt from non-FIFA accredited competitions, wants the young group he initially selected for the COSAFA Cup to represent South Africa in Algeria. 

“I had a short conversation with Dr [Danny] Jordaan about going and sitting down with the PSL to make sure that we get access to a bigger pool of players because we are going to play against Angola, who I’m definitely sure will not use their COSAFA squad,” said Mkhalele.

“They are going to bring more of their quality players – the ones who played [for Petro de Luanda in the CAF Champions League quarterfinals] against Mamelodi Sundowns.

“As Bafana Bafana, we need to make sure we get bigger access to the players in order to give ourselves more chance of progressing to play in Algeria, which is important for us as a nation.”

‘Midnight Express’ further explained that though he has returned home to Belgium, Broos has constantly been kept in the loop even with several changes to the initial team that featured in the COSAFA Cup. 

“In terms of the coach’s influence on tactics, he didn’t have any influence because he gave me the mandate saying, ‘Coach, just go there, apply what you see and understand with what you have.’ That’s what I did,” he added.

“Yes, I’ve been in constant communication with the coach, just to give him the update on what was going on in the team.”

By Mazola Molefe

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