Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has revealed why Former Kaizer chiefs midfielder Njabulo Blom was not included in the squad for AFCON 2023.
Hugo Broos left Njabulo Blom, a former star player for Kaizer Chiefs, noticeably out of his Bafana Bafana squad for AFCON 2023.
In a live SABC Sport interview, Belgian manager Broos claimed that Njabulo Blom was left out due to a lack of match sharpness. Given that St. Louis City, an MLS team, hasn’t played since early November, it’s obvious that Broos thought it would be risky to choose the midfield dynamo for that reason. From this, it follows that Bongokuhle Hlongwane was excluded for comparable reasons.
Also Lyle Foster of Burnley was notably left out of the Bafana Bafana squad for AFCON 2023. Hugo Broos has illuminated everything.
According to Broos, three weeks ago, the 23-year-old sent a letter to the South African Football Association. He requested in that correspondence not to be selected for AFCON. Foster isn’t in the final 23 but was in the preliminary 50-man roster.
Burnley, a Premier League team, gave Foster a little less than two-month leave of absence due to his ongoing mental health issues. Since then, he has made a comeback, playing in all three of their recent championship games.
“I have had a lot of contact in the last few weeks with Burnley, especially with the coach, Vincent Kompany, At first they (Burnley) said ‘forget it, he will not be at the Afcon’, but we selected him in the provisional squad because you never know,” said Broos.
“I was surprised when he played a half (Foster came on as a half time substitute at home to Everton, and has subsequently started games against Fulham and Liverpool). I phoned Kompany and I said ‘what is this, don’t understand’. He explained that he (Foster) had played 45 minutes, but he was not ready (for Bafana), there was still a danger of the same (mental health) problem”.
““Our doctors had contact with the Burnley doctors and we got a medical report that it is impossible for Foster to be at the Afcon. The risk and danger is still there, if it goes in a bad direction with Lyle, he will go back to where he started two months ago”.
On Tuesday, January 16 at 20:00, South Africa will play Mali to begin the tournament. Next, on Sunday, January 21 at 20:00, Hugo Broos’ team will take on Namibia. The Group E match will conclude on Wednesday, January 24 at 17:00, with Tunisia.