Foster’s scintillating form a plus for Afcon-bound Bafana

Bafana Bafana and Burnley FC striker Lyle Foster has started the season like a house on fire and this should please coach Hugo Broos ahead of World Cup qualifiers in November.

The former Orlando Pirates striker is having wonderful start in the English Premiership after Burnley were promoted from the Championship at the end of last season.

Foster has so far this season managed to grab three goals – two for The Clarets and one for the national team.

He opened his account against Aston Villa in their 2-1 loss and netted his second in Burnley’s 5-2 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur a week ago.

On Tuesday evening, Foster netted the solitary goal for Bafana when they locked horns with DR Congo in an international friendly played at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

He could not register his name on the scoresheet when Bafana were held to a goalless draw by Namibia in another international friendly played at the FNB Stadium at the weekend.

Burnley are yet to register a win, however, Foster has contributed with two strikes to the club’s three goals they have scored so far.

Burnley’s three losses sees them stuck at the bottom of the English Premiership log.

Foster is expected to rejoin his teammates as they prepare for a league encounter against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Monday.

The Bafana/Augusto Palacios protégé has now registered four goals in 11 matches he has played for the national team.

Under Broos, the Africa Cup of Nations-bound Bafana have not tasted a single defeat in nine matches.

This will give Broos’ charges confidence heading into the World Cup qualifiers and the continental tournament in Ivory Coast in January.

Their last defeat was two years ago in the first match of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Morocco, where they surrendered a 1-0 lead and allowed Morocco back in the game to win 2-1.

Bafana’s next opponents are Eswatini and Ivory Coast.


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