Kaizer Chiefs don’t have any official players in the Bafana Bafana squad for AFCON. However, there’s someone on standby and two other nations are potentially represented by the Glamour Boys.

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Dove flying the Amakhosi flag

Utility defender Edmilson Dove will be in the Ivory Coast with Mozambique. Meanwhile, there’s also the possibility that talented teenage Kaizer Chiefs star Tumelko Shai will be at the showpiece.

According to Football Stage, Amakhosi’s U19 midfield star Tumelo Shai is now part of the Lesotho senior national team. The Crocodiles will face both Mozambique and Bafana Bafana in back-to-back friendlies before the two sides head to Cote D’Ivoire to face the continent’s finest at AFCON 2023. Shai represented Wits Juniors before linking up with the Chiefs development setup and now he could be on the verge of a senior breakthrough with his country.

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Dove Chiefs
Edmilson Dove in Mambas colours: Image via Facebook @Dove Edmilson

Mthethwa on standby

Amakhosi holding midfielder Sibongiseni Mthethwa is on the Bafana Bafana standby list for AFCON and will be called up in the case of injuries in the camp or other pressing matters. Tapelo Xoki of Orlando Pirates, Elias Mokwana of Sekhukhune and Stellies attacker Iqraam Rayners are also on the standby list.

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Meanwhile, hit up James Freemantle for more insights, analysis and love for the beautiful game

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