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Hugo Broos’ Surprising Decision To Leave Out Neo Maema

Bafana Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, has finally opened up about his decision to overlook Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, Neo Maema. Speaking on Thursday after announcing the squad for the upcoming AFCON qualifiers against Liberia, Broos revealed that he had not given the 27-year-old a call-up since taking over the coaching role in 2021.

Broos explained that Maema had been on his radar since last season, but he had not been featuring consistently for his club, which had led to his omission from the national team. However, Broos acknowledged that Maema’s game had improved significantly, with the midfielder becoming more stable and consistent.

Despite Maema’s recent improvement, Broos made it clear that he would not make hasty decisions about player selection, preferring to monitor players’ performances over time. Broos hopes that his choices will become increasingly difficult in the future, which would indicate that the national team has a wealth of quality players at its disposal.

Maema has been involved in 29 games across all competitions for Sundowns this season, scoring six goals and providing four assists. He has been a key player in the team’s playmaking and creating goal-scoring opportunities alongside Themba Zwane and other Sundowns midfielders.

Two Sundowns players, Khuliso Mudau and Sphelele Mkhulise were in the preliminary squad but missed out on the final squad. Broos explained that he preferred Nyiko Mobbie over Mudau, citing the former Black Leopards defender’s more defensive capabilities. Meanwhile, Mkhulise was omitted due to a recent injury that had kept him out of some of the Tshwane giants’ games.

In conclusion, Broos’ decision to overlook Maema was based on the midfielder’s inconsistent form last season, but he has acknowledged the player’s recent improvement. The coach remains committed to monitoring player performance over time before making any selection decisions. The exclusion of Mudau and Mkhulise from the final squad was based on their individual capabilities and recent injuries, respectively.

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