The Cape Town-born defender is very impressive for the Brazilian because he has played in all four games in the top league
Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena questioned defender Lyle Lakay’s continued absence from the Bafana Bafana team in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Bafana Bafana in Group G of the qualifiers has played two games this season, drew 0-0 with Zimbabwe on September 3, and defeated the Ghana Black Stars 1-0 at home on September 6.
Although they had a good start against Qatar, due to the absence of Lekay, he successfully played and became a star in all of the Brazilian’s first four league games in the Premier League, which disappointed Mokvina.
Mokwena believes that the Cape Town-born defender should have a place in the team and called on Belgian coach Hugo Broos to consider this player in the remaining qualifiers.
What did Mokvina say?
“I watched the Bafana game, I watched the entire Kosafa Cup, why do I think Lyle should be in the Bafana team? This is because when I watch “Bafana”, I will see it in the frontcourt Evidence Magopa and Hlongwane, and then I will see the right-footed full-back at the left-back,” Mokwina said Start As quoted Fakaati.
In addition to Rakai, Mokvina believes that Rashna Drucker, Tapello Morena and Motobi Mwala should also be selected for the national team.
“We respect Coach Bafana, he must make his own decision, he has his own job to do. Can you imagine that more than 50 million people have opinions on who should join the Bafana team?” Mokvina continued.
“I am a football coach and I know what it feels like to be placed in a position that is subject to strict scrutiny, but if we talk about merit and have the best player to represent the national team, we definitely will.
“There is no prejudice, but if you ask me about any sunset players, the first answer is yes, because we have to take care of the interests of our players.
“We want them to have access to the national team. That’s why we signed the best player in the country. When you have the best player in the country, you want to enter the FIFA break without any players falling behind. Match period.”
Bruce once again chooses a team without Rakai
At the same time, before the two rounds against Ethiopia, Bruce had designated a provisional lineup of 34 for the qualifiers. Although Drucker was included, Rakai’s name was still missing.
The complete Bafana team is as follows:
goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams (Supersport United FC) Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu FC) Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs FC) and Sifiso Mlungwana (Golden Arrows FC).
Guard: Sydney Mobile (Sekhuuni United) Tapello Morena (Mamelodi Sunset FC) Niablo Blom (Kaiser Chiefs FC) Terrence Mashgo (Cape Town City) FC) Sifi Sohranty (Kaiser Chiefs FC) Visisibia (Baroca FC) Rashna Drake (Mamelodi)) Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv) Thibang Phete (Belenenses SAD) Njabulo Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs FC) Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns FC) Luke Fleurs (SuperSport United FC) and Tercious Malepe (AmaZulu FC).
Midfield: Thabani Zuke (Gold Arrow FC) Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns FC) Sphelo Sithole (Belenenses FC) Yusurf Maart (Sekhukhune FC) Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United) Goodman Mosele (Orlando Pirates FC) Ethan Brooks and TS Galaxy Jesse Dunn (SuperSport United FC).
Long-term: Tabiso Coutumera (Mamelodi Sundowns FC) Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United FC) Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC) Victor Letsoalo (Royal Am FC) Luther Singh (FC Copenhagen), Percy Tau (Al Ahly FC) Vincent Pule ( Orlando Pirates FC) Mdantsane (Cape Town City FC) and Tshegofatso Mabasa (Orlando Pirates FC).