Bafana Bafana striker Lyle Foster has urged fellow South African players to have the ambition of playing in Europe.
Following the withdrawal of Egypt-based forward Percy Tau through injury, Westerlo striker Lyle Foster is one of only three foreign-based players in Bafana Bafana's squad for the upcoming friendlies against Guinea and France.
The former Orlando Pirates starlet joined his current outfit on a loan deal from Portuguese side Vitória Guimarães at the start of the season and was previously also on the books of Cercle Brugge and Ligue 1 giants, AS Monaco.
Speaking ahead of Friday's match against Guinea, the 21-year-old revealed that his experience in Europe had stood him in good stead and claimed that the national team would benefit from players seeking out opportunities abroad.
"Coach Hugo watches my game and I know that he follows the league that I am in," Foster told the media.
"For me, it's very big that I come here and he's watched my games and knows my style. It's then easier for me to then gel into the group because the coach knows what he wants from me and knows what I can do.
"In respect of the other players, I definitely hope the appetite is there for them to want to play in Europe. In all honesty, the gap is so huge between our league and the leagues in Europe [in terms of] the competitiveness and just the way it is run and the professionalism. I hope that we can export and have more players in Europe.
"I surely believe that it will strengthen the national team for when we do compete at these qualifiers and high-level tournaments because we then have the experience of facing people from different countries and different internationals rather than always playing in the PSL against one another for four or five years.
"So, it does make your skin tougher and makes you readier for the challenges you face. So, I hope the appetite is there for a lot of guys to come to this side of the world and ply their trade."
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