Mamelodi Sundowns has eight (8) of its players called up for the 23-man Bafana Bafana Squad to compete in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers. Masandawana Defender, Grant Kekana who earned a spot in the national team, talked about the preparations in camp and how he is adjusting to the shift of being on national duty.
Grant Kekana shared the preparations update on the upcoming fixtures against Liberia. “The preparations for Friday’s game are going well and we are also expecting good preparation for the next important qualifying game. It’s also good having familiar faces around, and I think we have all worked hard and earned our places in the national team.
With the national team part of Group K in the qualifiers, they have been grouped with Morocco, Zimbabwe, and Liberia. The team will face Liberia in a two-legged qualifier, the first game will be in action tomorrow afternoon at home and then they will travel to Monrovia on Sunday to play an away game against Liberia. Kekana hopes for the team to win both matches to secure a ticket to the continental showpiece in Cote D’ Ivoire.
Kekana mentioned that he was happy to see Mamelodi Sundowns Forward, Cassius Mailula being rewarded with the call-up. He added that Mailula’s call-up is well deserved because he’s been doing great work at Sundowns this season.
The Bafana Bafana International communicated his shift from club duty to national team duties, as well as the approach to the AFCON qualifiers fixtures. “The mindset will be different, but the mentality remains the same. We’ve had good momentum from the domestic league and the CAF Champions League, so we are hoping to bring it to the national team and get positive results from the two games.
Geared up for the qualifiers, Kekana further mentioned that the national squad will have to put in the work and use playing at home to their advantage. He admitted that the away game won’t be easy and revealed that the team wants to get off to s good start with tomorrow’s game at home.
Bafana Bafana hosts Liberia for their AFCON Qualifier game on Friday, 24 March 2022. The fixture will take place at the Orlando Stadium and is scheduled to kick off at 18h00. For their away fixture, the national team will travel to Liberian Capital, Monrovia, where the fixture will be at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium.