Ntseki‘s message to ‘hidden’ foreign players

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Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has called on all ‘unknown’ South African football players in foreign countries to come out and avail themselves for the national team.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Nelson Mandela Challenge match with Mali on Sunday in Port Elizabeth, he revealed that they have been monitoring the progress of a few players including Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Kearyn Baccus.

Baccus who started out at Sydney FC’s youth set-up (Australia) in 2008, expressed his interest in playing for Bafana.

“Last week I was made aware that Kaizer Chiefs player Kearyn Baccus also qualifies to play for South Africa so the monitoring and the profile has already started so that when we bring him in, we will have an understanding on what value is he bringing in,” Ntseki said.

“We have some of the players that we don’t know of that are very good wherever they are. I am saying if ever we do have such players let them come and say I am a South African and I want to play for my country, then we will do all the assessment and profiling and if ever we are happy then we will bring them in.”

The former U17 national team mentor also disclosed that they are monitoring the progress of Preston North End Midfielder Tom Barkhuizen (pictured above).

The 26-year-old was born in England but has a South African grandfather.

Ofhani Munyai

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