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Mngqithi Questions Lakay’s Bafana Omission, Broos Responds

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has given his views on Lyle Lakay not being included in the last Bafana Bafana squad before Hugo Broos responded to the issue.

While many had thought he might get a call-up, the Sundowns’ left-back was not included in Hugo Broos’s squad to face Ethiopia in a World Cup Qualifiers games next month.

The Cape Town-born player, who has only been capped thrice for Bafana has been performing well at his club once again this season, having three assists so far, but still finds it difficult to be called up to the South Africa team.

Mngqithi says Lakay’s ommission surprises the Sundowns’ technical team, especially seeing that Nyiko Mobbie was used by Broos in the position in previous games.

“It’s even more discouraging when a right footed full-back is played in the left back position when the country has so many left backs,” Mngqithi said in a press conference after the match against Pirates.

“Lyle Lakay has done very well, but honestly, I would not want to put any coach under pressure to select my players. I will always say, maybe there is something that he sees that we are not seeing.

“The truth of the matter is we have got some very interesting players that we rely on which is why we are where we are on the log and when they are not in the team we get surprised that what is it exactly we are not doing right?

“But we must give a chance to the coach, he is new in the country, maybe he hasn’t seen much.

“Sooner than later, he might select these players and who knows maybe when the competition start to be rough in the qualifiers he might really rely on the players that one can be complaining about, I think is to distinguish and just give him all the support that he needs.”

Broos has since responded to questions over the omission of Lakay as well as inform Downs midfielder Ronaldo Coetzee.

“I only can select 23 players and I know that those players are great for the moment, but is not a right moment to select them,” he said during his squad announcement on SABC Sport.

“I have other plans and I will see. Like I said before after the first selection already when it said ‘coach they are not all the players’, I said yeah we’ll see and today already Hlanti is there.

“So is not because you are not here today, you are not there tomorrow. So it is up to them. If they go on like this, and they play on the level they have now, okay maybe it will be for the games against Ghana and Zimbabwe.

“But again, you need to do everything to be with Bafana Bafana, I don’t give presents, I’m sorry. I don’t give presents, it’s not because your name is ‘Mr this’ that you are with Bafana Bafana, this does not count with me.

“I try to select the strongest team possible.”

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