AFCON AFCON 2023: Bafana Bafana sweating on injuries to Williams and Kekana

South Africa head coach Hugo Broos has confirmed three of his players are currently on the treatment table as Bafana Bafana steppped up preparations for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

With the 34th edition of the most followed African tournament four days away from kick off, Broos confirmed goalkeeper and captain Ronwen Williams, Themba Zwane and Mothobi Mvala are all undergoing various treatments to their respective injuries but ruled out replacements at this stage.

“I have three issues to report on. The first one, our goalkeeper and captain Ronwen Williams is currently being managed by the medical team due to a knee niggle,” said Broos ahead of their warm-up friendly against Lesotho.

“The second, Themba Zwane took a knock on the knee two days ago and did not fulfill training on Monday. He is also currently receiving treatment. Thirdly, Mothobi Mvala is currently undergoing a scan due to a groin injury.”

He added: “We are awaiting full medical details and will not jump to on a replacement. For now, Mothobi is still very much a part of this team.”

The team jetted back to Johannesburg early on Tuesday to continue preparations, with the game against Lesotho at Lucas Moripe Stadium in mind.

Speaking at the same press conference, Grant Kekana said: “The younger members of the team are finding their place well, and are fully included. I think the onus is on us experienced players, who have been around longer, to make them feel part of the team. But to be honest, we are all happy with what we bring to this team, regardless of our ages or experiences.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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