England has become the first country ever to have all four finalists in UEFA’s flagship club competitions in the same year after Arsenal and Chelsea sealed their berths in the Europa League final.
This follows a day after Tottenham Hotspur produced a miracle to overcame Ajax Amsterdam to guarantee their spot in the UEFA Champions League final with Liverpool, who pulled off a stunning second leg comeback against Barcelona at Anfield.
Arsenal swept aside Valencia with a 4-2 thrashing to complete a 7-3 aggregate victory while the Blues needed a 4-3 penalty shootout win to beat Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening to all but set up the all-English final.
The Gunners will face their English counterparts in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday, May 29, with Spurs and Liverpool contesting for the UCL trophy on Saturday, June 1 in Madrid, Spain.
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Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits ), Rowen Williams (SuperSport United), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)
Daniel Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), S’Fiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits ), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City)
Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Downs), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford FC), Tiyani Mabunda (Mamelodi Downs), Thulani Serero (Vitesse Arnhem FC), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg United), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier)
Lebo Mothiba (RC Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City)
Bafana Bafana have been pitted in Group F alongside Ivory Coast, Namibia and Morocco.
They open their Afcon account against the Elephants on June 18.
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Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Reyaad Pieterse (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Thendo Mukumela (Ajax Cape Town), Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City), Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs), Tercious Malepe (Chippa United), Katlego Mohamme (SuperSport United), Bongani Sam (Bloemfontein Celtic), Sandie Mthethwa (Richards Bay United)
Teboho Mokoena (Supersport United), Athenkosi Dlala (Supersport United), Kegan Dolly (Montpellier), Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mahlatsi (SuperSport United), Grant Margeman (Ajax Cape Town), Jamie Webber (SuperSport United), Kgaogelo Sekgota (Vitoria Setubal, (Portugal).
Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lerato Lepasa (TS Galaxy), Jemondre Dickens (Baroka FC), Luther Singh GD Chaves, Portugal), Liam Jordan (Koge FC, Denmark)
National U23 head coach David Notoane will take charge of the COSAFA Squad for the SADC regional tournament which starts on Saturday, 25 June.