Hugo Broos Reveals Plans to Bring Back Burnley’s Lyle Foster to Bafana Bafana Squad, Sets Timeline for Return Amid Mental Health Concerns

Hugo Broos Reveals Plans to Bring Back Burnley’s Lyle Foster to Bafana Bafana Squad, Sets Timeline for Return Amid Mental Health Concerns

Bafana Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, has provided insights into the potential comeback of Burnley FC striker Lyle Foster to the national team fold.

With Foster having been absent from the squad since October 2023 due to mental health-related challenges, Broos is aiming to reintegrate him into the team’s setup by June.

Plans for Discussion with Foster and Kompany

Broos revealed his intention to meet with Foster and his club coach, Vincent Kompany, in April to discuss the path forward.

Noting Foster’s recent playing time for Burnley as a sign of improvement, Broos emphasized the importance of understanding Foster’s readiness for a return to international football.

Temporary Replacements in the Squad

During Foster’s absence, Evidence Makgopa and Zakhele Lepasa have been leading Bafana Bafana’s attacking line.

However, Makgopa’s injury and Lepasa’s lack of game time at the club level have affected their availability for the upcoming friendlies.

Looking Ahead to June Matches

Broos expressed optimism about Foster’s potential return for the national team’s matches scheduled for June.

As the coach assesses Foster’s readiness and discusses plans with the player and his club, Bafana Bafana continues to navigate squad selections and preparations for future fixtures.

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