Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos named a 34-man provisional squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia next month.
The 69-year-old Belgian-born included some fresh faces that were not part of last month’s first two matches against Zimbabwe and Ghana.
What was notable in those matches is that Broos deployed Sydney Mobbie at left-back, when the right-footed defender prefers playing on the opposite flank.
There was much anticipation for the squad announcement as fans hoped that Broos included Mamelodi Sundowns duo Lyle Lakay and Rivaldo Coetzee.
But it was not to be.
Instead, Broos called up Orlando Pirates trio Goodman Mosele, Vincent Pule, and Tshegofatso Mabasa, while Luke Fleurs of SuperSport United and Tercious Malepe of AmaZulu also made the cut.
What caused social media to go into an uproar was the Broos’ inclusion of Kaizer Chiefs left-back Sifiso Hlanti ahead of Lakay.
Read the reactions below:
Where are Lyle Lakay and Rivaldo Coetzee in that Bafana squad? ????— Matthew Rusike (@Mattyrusike) September 21, 2021
What more must Lyle Lakay do to be included in the Bafana squad???????????????— Neo Emmanuel (@neo_spongebob) September 21, 2021
So what is Hugo Broos still doing with the likes of Sifiso Hlanti at Bafana Bafana because he said he wanted younger players now?— Sundowns_Fanatic08 ?? ?? (@Madumetja__M08) September 21, 2021
That time Lyle Lakay is currently the best leftback in the country since last season...
I'm a Chiefs fan, but Hlanti does not belong in that team. Lyle Lakay is a better option— The Goat ?? (@dumikosi) September 21, 2021
Also you can't say Hlanti deserves a call up when he's older than Lyle Lakay who by the way has been top 5 on the continent.— Rebuilding szn (@Tshepo__SS) September 21, 2021
How Sifiso Hlanti gets in there ahead of Lyle Lakay is disheartening to say the least.— Nkagiseng (@MrDouble007) September 21, 2021
Lyle Lakay is also a no brainer, forget the age, he is at an age where most players in the country peak.(27-32).— Karabo (@karabo_tjale) September 21, 2021
Sifiso Hlanti over Lyle Lakay that's crazy— Brasthapzin Mokoena (@Papa_Boka) September 21, 2021
Rivaldo coetzee and Lyle lakay are not South African according to Hugo Broos— Vukosii Hlongwane (@Eltinhous) September 21, 2021