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“No Room For Bafana Babies In Nigeria” – Reader’s Voice

On Thursday, new Bafana Bafana boss, Stuart Baxter, named his first squad since taking over the South African national team job for the second time in his coaching career.

What's different to the side that we last saw is that we’ve seen the return of a few Orlando Pirates players. Abbubaker Mobara and Thamsanqa Gabuza were both called up to the Bafana camp that will leave for Nigeria in the coming weeks.

We also saw the return of Bongani Zungu, as well as a first call-up for Cape Town City star, Aubrey Ngoma. But just who did Baxter forget about when naming his squad of 25?

The selection of Gabuza has raised many eyebrows, with the likes of Dino Ndlovu - who has thrived in Azerbaijan - and Eleazar Rodgers being snubbed by the soon-to-be former SuperSport United boss.

Staying in the attack, Daine Klate, who is the record holder for winning the most ABSA Premiership titles (6), was also given the cold shoulder by Baxter, despite having one of his best seasons to date. Klate is the perfect example of a winner, which could prove to be Baxter's first mistake.

Nonetheless, we will always be critical of any team chosen by the coach. Baxter stated that there will be an element of development, although there won't be room for babies in Nigeria.

This probably explains the omission of Luther Singh and Phakamani Mahlambi. But their absence shows that Bafana's squad depth has improved.

*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.

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