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Mokwena questions Lakay's Bafana omission: 'I see a right-footed left-back playing'

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Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena wants to see Lyle Lakay called up to Bafana Bafana by new boss Hugo Broos.

The 30-year-old left-back, who can also be deployed at wing, has been in excellent form for his club in the DStv Premiership over the past few seasons.

He has received just one South Africa national team cap and was left out again of the recent provisional squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

But Mokwena feels Lakay would complement Broos' side.

He said on KickOff: "I watch Bafana Bafana and watched Bafana against Ghana.

"I watched the entire COSAFA tournament, and you want to ask me why I think Lyle Lakay is not in the Bafana team?

"I think because when I watch Bafana, I see Evidence Makgopa, I see Bongokuhle Hlongwane upfront, and then I see a right-footed left-back..."

Broos selected 27-year-old right-back Sydney Mobbie to play out of position in the left-back role against Zimbabwe and Ghana. 

Mokwena added: "Look we respect the Bafana coach.

"He's got to make his own decisions and he's got his own job to do. Can you imagine 52 million people who have opinions about who should be in the Bafana team?

"We can't do that, I'm a football coach I know what it's like to be put in a position where you are under a lot of scrutiny and pressure to pick certain players.

"But if we speak on meritocracy, if we speak about having the best players representing the national team then for sure without being biased and if you ask me about any Mamelodi Sundowns player, the first answer would definitely be yes."

South Africa are top of Group G with four points from two games following their goalless away draw to Zimbabwe before beating Ghana 1-0 at FNB Stadium three days later.

With just four fixtures remaining for this round of the qualifications, Bafana will now shift their focus to taking on the East Africans.

Broos and Bafana travel to Ethiopia on Saturday, 9 October before welcoming the same opponents for the return leg at FNB Stadium on Tuesday, 12 October. (kick-off times to be announced)

The 69-year-old Broos is expected to cut down his final 23-man squad on Saturday, 25 September LIVE on SABC 1 at 13:30.

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