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SAFA Confirm First Test, Appoints Second Assistant

The South African Football Association has confirmed that it has secured a friendly international for Bafana Bafana, while also a new addition to the technical team.

Bafana, who failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, will take on Uganda in an international friendly on June 10. 

The federation has also confirmed that former Bafana star Helman Mkhalele has been named as the local assistant coach. 

With the World Cup qualifiers postponed to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Safa have ensured that the national team will get its first test as Bafana Bafana early next month.

New coach Hugo Broos, however, is unlikely to be on the bench for this clash, as he is back home in Belgium getting his COVID-19 vaccination. 

Assistant coach Cedomir Janevski will be joined by new appointment, Mkhalele, and look set to take charge of the match.

This will give the assistant coaches an an opportunity to to see players, as well as report back to Broos, ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Ghana in September.

“Yes, we are playing Uganda,” Safa spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi confirmed.

Bafana will play against Uganda without Denis Onyango in goal. The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper recently announced that he has retired from international football.

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