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‘Njabulo Blom doesn’t have the right attitude’ – Hugo Broos

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has slammed Njabulo Blom, claiming that the midfielder doesn’t have the right attitude.

The former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder has been left out of the Bafana Bafana 23-men squad to face Benin and Rwanda in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Blom was part of the Bafana squad that faced Eswatini and 2024 AFCON host nation Cote d’Ivoire in international friendlies last month. The two games formed part of SA’s preparations for the upcoming AFCON that will be penciled in Ivory Coast in January next year.

Broos announced his squad on Friday for the World Cup qualifiers and a notable absentee was the St Louis City SC star Blom.

The 23-year-old workhorse was in the preliminary squad but missed out on the final cut. Blom was signed by St Louis in December 2022 from Chiefs.


“You know Njabulo Blom is not there at the moment,” Bross said. “He sent a message on Monday saying that he was injured on his shoulder and he couldn’t come to camp.

“We asked for a medical report and now we didn’t receive it. We received a message three days later that he can play. I don’t think that is the right attitude and the right mindset to come to a national team.

“I’m very sorry, this is not the first time. This is not the right attitude, I find. Players, when you hear them talking, you hear about the hunger to play for the national team, it’s up to you to think what attitude is that and therefore I didn’t select him,” added Broos.

It remains to be seen whether Blom will be considered for future call-ups by Broos.

Meanwhile, the Belgian mentor handed Bradley Cross, Jayden Adams, and Oswin Appollis their first Bafana Bafana call-ups.

Cross and Adams ply their trades for Golden Arrows and Stellenbosch FC while Appollis is in the books of Polokwane City.

Bafana Bafana will face Benin on the 18th of November at home before traveling away to take on Rwanda on the 21st of November.

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