Lyle Lakay CAF Champions League

Only one SA player has been selected for the CAF Champions League Best XI after the first leg of quarter-finals over the Easter weekend. Photo: BackpagePix

Hugo Broos: Lakay deserves a chance in Bafana Bafana setup!

Bafana coach Hugo Broos says Lyle Lakay earned his call-up after being named in a preliminary squad to face Guinea and France.

Lyle Lakay CAF Champions League

Only one SA player has been selected for the CAF Champions League Best XI after the first leg of quarter-finals over the Easter weekend. Photo: BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana are scheduled to play international friendlies against Guinea on Friday, 25 March and France at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Tuesday, 29 March. Al Ahly’s Percy Tau was named in the preliminary squad announcement on Tuesday, while there is also a call-up for Lyle Lakay from Sundowns, which will excite many fans.

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The 30-year-old Lakay is a product of the Old Mutual Academy who then made his way to the SuperSport United youth setup and got a promotion in 2009. ‘Lalas’ joined Mamelodi Sundowns in 2018 and has played a role in their domestic success, with his ability convert free-kicks setting him apart from other fullbacks.

You can catch up on several of Broos’s comments below after he appeared on the Radio2000 Sports Night Live show.

“We knew that we needed to change some things in the team and improve after World Cup Qualifiers. It was also good for me to see the performances of Amazulu, Pirates and Sundowns in the continent. They can improve the Bafana team…

“The level is high at the AFCON although there is a difference when compared with the World Cup. AFCON is because the players use the tournament to show the European teams how good they are.”

Broos on the inclusion of Lakay, but omission of Bongani Zungu.

“It wasn’t easy for me when I came to SA because I didn’t know SA football and the players. I have now seen the players and with Lyle Lakay I have seen what he has been doing and now is his chance…

“I do not think now is the right time for me to put Bongani Zungu in the squad.”

Broos on the expectations of facing France

“France is the best opponent, they are the World Champions. Guinea will also be a tough. I wanted tough games, and what will be important in these games is our performance and how the players perform…

“I am not afraid of France. It would be stupid to ask for a win against France, I just want the boys to give a good performance. We will definitely lose but perhaps not embarrass ourselves.”

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The team will assemble a day before departure and then travel to Paris on Monday, 21 March.

A preliminary Bafana squad has been selected, with Lakay hoping to remain in the final list

WILLIAMSRonwenSupersport United FC
BVUMABruceKaizer Chiefs FC
MOTHWAVeliAmazulu FC
PETERSENBrylonKaizer Chiefs FC
MOBBIESydneySekhukhune FC
XULUSiyandaunattached
MASEGOTerrenceCape Town City FC
SIBISINkosinathiGolden Arrows FC
CELESboneloGolden Arrows FC
ZULUVeluyekeChippa United FC
COETZEERivaldoMamelodi Sundowns FC
MCABAAthenkosiStellenbosch FC
DE REUCKRushineMamelodi Sundowns FC
MUDAUKhulisoMamelodi Sundowns FC
DOLLYKeaganKaizer Chiefs FC
MDANTSANEMduduziCape Town City FC
BROOKSEthanTS Galaxy FC
LAKAYLyleMamelodi Sundowns FC
MONAREThabangOrlando Pirates FC
MOKOENATebohoMamelodi Sundowns FC
MOSELEGoodmanOrlando Pirates FC
SHANDUBandileOrlando Pirates FC
MMODIPuleGolden Arrows FC
LETSOAOVictorRoyal AM FC
LAKAYFagriePyramid (Egypt)
TAUPercyAl Ahly SC (Egypt )
HLONGWANEBongokuhleMinnesota (USA)
FORSTERLyleWesterlo (Belgium)
MAKGOPAEvidenceBaroka FC

Broos had already recently confirmed there would be new faces in his squad to face both Guinea and France in friendlies later this month, and there have been call-ups for the likes of Lyle Lakay and Khuliso Mudau.

In an interview with SowetanLIVE, Hugo Broos said there’s a need to blood a few new players to bolster the squad going forward.

“I have always said that the World Cup qualifiers campaign was the beginning. It was very difficult for me to select players because I didn’t know them but they did very well.

“However, there must be new faces because we’re not strong enough.

“If we were strong enough, we would have qualified for the playoffs. There are some weaknesses in the current group, therefore we have to look for other players.

“We are looking at the players in the league games and in the CAF competitions,” Hugo Broos added.

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