Kompany praises red-hot Foster after scoring again for Burnley

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos will be happy with the form of Burnley FC striker Lyle Foster, who grabbed his third goal since his club was promoted to the English Premier League at the beginning of the season.

On Thursday Broos will be announcing his team for South Africa’s two friendly international matches against eSwatini and Ivory Coast, and Foster is expected to lead the attack again.

The friendly matches are to prepare Bafana for the upcoming 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifying games and also to finetune the side for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Ivory Coast in January.

The former Orlando Pirates trigger-man returned to the starting lineup after finishing his suspension and he was back on the scoring charts in the match against Luton Town on Tuesday night.

As a result, Burnley claimed their first three points of the season in dramatic fashion at Kenilworth Road through the goals from Foster and Jacob Bruun Larsen.

Foster marked his return to the side following his suspension with a first-half strike. Sander Bolin Berge slipped a well-timed-through ball in for the South African striker who charged towards the box and put the ball past Kaminski in the bottom corner in the second minute of added time.

However, Luton equalised via substitute Elijah Adebayo in the 84th minute. Just a minute later the Clarets were instantly back in front through Bruun Larsen’s sublime curling strike in front of the Burnley supporters.

Burnley coach Vincent Kompany had made one change from the side that played Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday, as Foster came into the starting 11 for Aaron Ramsey.

Foster is now the club’s leading goal scorer with three goals. Just last month, Foster scored Bafana’s solitary goal as they beat DR Congo 1-0 in another friendly at a cold Orlando Stadium.

The win saw Bafana get back to winning ways after they played to a goalless draw against Namibia a few days earlier.

Said Kompany on Foster: “It was a shame for him to be ruled out the last three games after starting strong, but it showed signs of being in a place where he belongs.”

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