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Broos Explains Why Foster Returns To Bafana Squad

After announcing his 23-man squad, Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has given clarity on the return of English-based striker Lyle Foster.

Foster, 23, missed the 2023 African Cup Of Nations in Ivory Coast earlier this year and the two World Cup qualifiers against Benin and Rwanda, with his club Burnley FC citing mental health issues.

Coach Broos has since broken the silence on why the former Orlando Pirates youth product was not on the plane for the continental showpiece in Ivory Coast, but returned to his latest squad.

“His health problem is solved, that was the problem,” coach Broos said on SABC Sport.

“And I know I was also myself very angry a certain moment because from England we get the news that Lyle [Foster] was not ready. Lyle had a mental problem and so on and so on, and so then he started playing with the team [Burnley].

“So we had contact again with England and they said that yeah he’s not ready. And also Lyle, wrote us a letter that he didn’t want to go with us to AFCON because he was not ready. That’s the reason why Lyle was not with us in Ivory Coast.

“So, after that for March I took again contact and again they told me ‘No’. It’s better that you don’t call him for the moment because he’s not really 100%, still not really 100%, and that’s why he wasn’t with us in March.

“But he still played. He always played every game for Burnley, so it was not easy to accept that. But okay, I followed let’s say the medical reasons why I couldn’t take him but now everything was okay.

“I phoned to him – I called him and we had a good chat. I called [Vincent] Kompany – we had a good chat, so there are no problems anymore. And that’s the reason why Lyle is now again with us.”

This past season, Foster scored five goals and provided three assists in 24 league appearances for Burnley. He was third in the club’s top goalscorers’ list, two behind leader Jacob Bruun Larsen on seven and one goal behind second-placed Zeki Amdouni on six.

Foster and the Clarets were relegated back to the English Championship after just one season in the elite division, and following Vincent Kompany’s departure to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, it’s not known if the South African will stay put at Turf Moor or ply his trade elsewhere.

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