Gift Links deserves a Bafana call up – Benni McCarthy

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AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has shared his opinion on which players deserve a shot at Bafana Bafana.

The South African all-time leading goal scorer with 31 goals was speaking to the media after bagging the DStv Premiership Coach of the Month award. McCarthy has had a good start to life at the KwaZulu Natal club. He has led Usuthu all the way up to sixth spot on the league table.

Asked about Bafana Bafana’s selection policy, McCarthy said he does not know exactly how selections are done, but in his opinion Gift Links deserves a call up after his impressive displays in Denmark.

“I do feel for a lot of the players that I am able to watch up closely in the PSL, they’ve done exceptionally well… your Thabo Nodadas, Mduduzi Mdantsane, I think they’ve done exceptionally well for Cape Town City, they are worthy of an opportunity.

“Gift Links (who’s now on the books of Danish top-flight side AGF Aarhus), I follow European football and he’s a player who’s doing very well. He’s playing at his club, scoring goals. I am not a national team coach, that’s just my opinion. You have the likes of Taariq Fielies, a central defender who’s been superb, but not in the squad.

The winger was left out of coach Molefi Ntseki’s latest squad last week. The Cosafa nation will face the Black Stars of Ghana and Sudan in two crucial qualifiers for the 2021 Afcon scheduled to take place in Cameroon next year.

Links has netted three league goals and assisted another four strikes in the Superliga this season. His latest assist came last weekend as Aarhus defeated FC Midtjylland 1-0 to earn three crucial points.

Aarhus sit in third place on the table with 36 points from 20 games. Brondby leads the pack with 41 points while Midtjylland dropped to second place after their loss on Sunday.

He signed for the club in 2019 from Cape Town City and became their most expensive transfer in history. After a slow start to life in Scandinavia, the 22-year-old has been doing well and cemented a place in the starting line-up.

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