Cape Town City forward Fagrie Lakay says that he wants to continue working hard and earn his place in the SA U23 final Olympic squad.
The 23-year-old has participated in all South African Football Association (Safa) junior national team structures (Under-17 and Under-20) and Bafana Bafana once before.
“It feels great to be back in the national setup, I must be honest,” Lakay told Safa official website.
“There are a whole lot of players who would love to be here and I am truly grateful for this opportunity. I would like to thank coach David Notoane for giving the platform to showcase what I can offer to the team moving forward.”
The Cape Town-born striker found the back of the net in South Africa’s first friendly match against Saudi Arabia this past Saturday. The Citizens’ starlet did not only score but also provided an assist on the day, but SA lost 3-2.
“I have been in both the Under-17 and Under-20 setups, however, never got the opportunity to represent my nation at a major tournament because of injuries. I just want to continue working really hard and hopefully earn my place in the final Olympic squad. That is my dream,” he adds.
Lakay went on to say that they are expecting another challenging tie in their second friendly meeting against Saudi Arabia Under-23 team, adding that they will do everything in their power to push for a positive result this time around.
He also revealed that he’s determined to build on a better performance when South Africa takes on the hosts again in their second friendly game tomorrow (Tuesday) at King Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium in Jeddah. The game is set to kick-off at 16h00 (SA time).
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By Mauwane Raophala