These two players have been the standout performers in the Premier Soccer League this season, despite both having been initially overlooked by their respective teams.
Saleng, who returned from a loan stint at Swallows FC, only began playing in October, while Mailula, who was promoted from Sundowns reserves, made his PSL debut in September.
Despite their initial setbacks, Saleng and Mailula have established themselves as key players for their respective teams, fueling hopes that they could revitalize Bafana Bafana, which has struggled to qualify for major tournaments in recent years.
Their impressive performances have also earned them nominations as potential candidates for the PSL Footballer of the Season award. As a result, comparisons have been drawn between the two, sparking a heated debate among fans.
According to @LottoCodes, Bafana Bafana is prepared to take on Argentina, and with the emergence of Mailula and Saleng, they have the players to lead the charge.
The Twitter user suggests that the new Bafana Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, must make the right decisions in selecting his squad.
While Saleng has made his debut for the Bafana Bafana national team at the 2021 Cosafa Cup and has since returned to the team after showcasing his skills on the pitch, Mailula has yet to play international football.
However, expectations are high that coach Hugo Broos will include Mailula in the squad for the upcoming assignments next month.
Twitter user @ChiefMasterKK suggests that both Saleng and Mailula should be at the top of Broos’ list for the national team, praising their outstanding performances.
Meanwhile, @sahil_e is optimistic about the future of South African football, hoping that coaches at both the club and international levels will continue to nurture and develop the talents of players like Saleng and Mailula.