Lebusa understands Bafana snub

Regarded as one of the best left-backs in the league, Lebusa received his maiden call-up for Bafana Bafana in October 2015, but a costly error in just his second match against Honduras saw him hauled off by then coach Shakes Mashaba in the first half in what was his last appearance in a national team shirt.

A number of new faces have slotted into that position in the South African team since, with injuries also playing a role in Tebogo Langerman, Thabo Matlaba and Sifiso Hlanti alternating in the left-back slot in recent times.

Having been excluded for Bafana Bafana’s crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Senegal, Lebusa feels no qualms at being left out, admitting others in that position are rightly ahead of him at present.

“No, not really,” the Ajax skipper said when asked if he was disappointed by the exclusion. “Here at Ajax we have been struggling, so I don’t think the coach would select someone from a team that is struggling.

“Every player that has been there has done fairly well, so I don’t pay much attention to that, and am just focusing on my club football.”

With Bafana Bafana regular Rivaldo Coetzee now at Mamelodi Sundowns, it remains to be seen when Ajax will next have a representative from their squad in the senior national team.

Bar Masilake Phohlongo and Roscoe Pietersen’s Chan call-ups this year, the previous Bafana appearance for an Ajax squad member was Prince Nxumalo, who last featured for the national team in a Nation’s Cup qualifier against Cameroon in March 2016.