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Lyle Foster’s absence for a big blow for Bafana ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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Burnley FC coach Vincent Kompany said it is not known when their star player will most likely return to action.

Lyle Foster of South Africa during the 2023 International Friendly between South Africa and Namibia at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, South Africa on September 9 2023. Picture: BackpagePix

LYLE Foster was a notable omission when Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos named the 23-man squad for the upcoming 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Benin and Rwanda later this month.

Foster, The crack Burnley striker, has mental health issues, as reported earlier today. And while he receives professional help, he is currently absent from matches. Burnley FC coach Vincent Kompany said it is not known when their star player will most likely return to action.

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Bafana will take on Benin at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 16, before travelling to Rwanda for their second match on November 19.

Three 22-year-old players who have caught the eye in the DStv Premiership are surprise inclusions in the squad. They are Golden Arrows defender Bradley Cross, Stellenbosch midfielder Jayden Adams and Polokwane City attacker Oswin Appollis.

Bafana Bafana are now unbeaten in 11 games, winning six and drawing five, dating back to June 2022, when they were defeated in Morocco. However, a string of underwhelming draws have many doubting if the Belgian-born Broos can finally take South Africa to the next World Cup.

Saint Louis City midfielder Njabulo Blom is a notable absentee from the squad, and Broos made a point of mentioning that he was disappointed with the 23-year-old Blom’s attitude.

Bafana Bafana squad

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams, Veli Mothwa, Ricardo Goss

Defenders: Sydney Mobbie, Bradley Cross, Grant Kekana, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Aubrey Modiba, Siyanda Xulu, Mothobi Mvala, Khuliso Mudau

Midfielders: Teboho Mokoena, Sibongiseni Mthethwa, Jayden Adams, Sphephelo Sithole

Forwards: Themba Zwane, Zakhele Lepasa, Lebo Mothiba, Percy Tau, Oswin Appollis, Mihlali Mayambela, Thapelo Maseko, Bongokuhle Hlongwane

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