With new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos hinting at an overhaul of the current national team setup, particularly with players over 30, we take a look at 13 stars whose national team careers could be at risk under the Belgian.
The Belgian's first words as Bafana coach on Wednesday sent out a clear signal of intent regarding his plans for the national team – which cast some doubt over the futures of players over the age of 30.
“My main focus will be to weave in new players who have hunger and desire to achieve things. Young players are ambitious and want to prove a point. I need to start from there because I want to build a strong Bafana Bafana side for the future,” the 65-year-old told the media at his unveiling.
“I was a little bit surprised when I saw the selections of the last games that there were so many players of the age of 30 and more. I think we have to rebuild the team and build a younger team. I can give you the example of Cameroon. I did the same there, I worked with young players. Young players are motivated and hungry.
“I myself was a player, when you reach 30 you know motivation is less. After South Africa did not qualify for AFCON next year, this is the moment to rebuild the team,” he added.
The new coach's words could be unsettling for no less than 13 Bafana Bafana stars who have passed the 30 age mark. The likes of Itumeleng Khune, Bradley Grobler, Thulani Serero and even captain Thulani Hlatshwayo could be among those whose national team careers are in doubt.
Broos is expected to land in the country next week, where he is expected to get the ball rolling for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which have been postponed from June to September, giving the former Cameroon coach ample time to assemble his preferred squad.
Click through the gallery to see the 13 Bafana players over the age of 30.