The Cape Town-born defender was very impressive for the Brazilians as he played in all four matches in the top flight.
Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena is questioning the continued absence of defender Lyle Lakay in the Bafana Bafana squad that will take part in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Bafana Bafana, who are in Group G of the qualifiers, have already played two matches in this campaign and drew 0-0 against Zimbabwe on 3 September before winning 1-0 at home against Ghana on 6 September.
Despite their good start in the race to Qatar, it was the absence of Lakay, who managed to play and play in all of the Brazilians’ first four league games in the Premier Soccer League, that left Mokwena a disappointed man.
Mokwena believes the Cape Town-born defender deserves a place in the team and has called on Belgian coach Hugo Broos to consider the player for the remaining qualifiers.
What did Mokwena say?
‘I watch Bafana matches, watch the whole Cosafa Cup, and why do I think Lyle should be in the Bafana team? “It’s because when I look at Bafana, I see Evidence Makgopa and Hlongwane in front, and then I see a right-footed fullback at the back,” said Mokwena. Kick off as quoted by Phakaaathi.
Apart from Lakay, Mokwena thinks Rushine De Reuck, Thapelo Morena and Mothobi Mvala also deserve a call to the national team.
“We respect the Bafana coach, he has to make his own decisions and do his own job. Can you imagine that more than 50 million people have opinions on who should be in the Bafana team? Mokwena continued.
‘I’m a football coach and I know what it’s like to be placed in a position where you’re under a lot of scrutiny to play certain players, but when we talk about merit and with the best players representing the national team, then definitely.
‘Without being biased, but if you ask me about any Sundowns player, the first answer is yes, because we need to look after the interests of our own players.
“We want them to be exposed to the national teams, and that’s why we sign the best players in the country. If you have the best players in the country, you expect to go into the Fifa break without a player stay behind. “
Broos chooses the team again without Lakay
Meanwhile, before the two-legged match against Ethiopia, Broos has already named a preliminary team of 34 men for the qualifying match and Lakay’s name is still missing, although De Reuck has been included.
The full Bafana team below:
Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (Supersport United FC) Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu FC) Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs FC), and Sifiso Mlungwana (Golden Arrows FC).
Defenders: Sydney Mobbie (Sekhukhune United FC) Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns FC) Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs FC) Terrence Mashego (Cape Town City FC) Sifiso Hlanti (Kaizer Chiefs FC) Vusi Sibiya (Baroka FC) Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns FC) ))) Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv) Thibang Phete (Belenenses USA) Njabulo Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs FC) Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns FC) Luke Fleurs (SuperSport United FC), and Tercious Malepe (AmaZulu FC).
Midfielder: Thabani Zuke (Golden Arrows FC) Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns FC) Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses FC) Yusurf Maart (Sekhukhune FC), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United) Goodman Mosele (Orlando Pirates FC) Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy FC), en Jesse Donn (SuperSport United FC).
Forwards: Thabiso Kutumela (Mamelodi Sundowns FC) Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United FC) Proof Makgopa (Baroka FC) Victor Letsoalo (Royal Am FC) Luther Singh (FC Copenhagen), Percy Tau (Al Ahly FC) Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates FC) Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City FC), and Tshegofatso Mabasa (Orlando Pirates FC).