With Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki set to name his squad on Thursday, FARPost takes a look at his options from the uncapped players based overseas.
At the end of this month the senior national team coach will take charge of his third game as Bafana take on Islanders Sao Tome e Principe in a crucial 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
He’s currently the highest scoring South African attacker based oversees with the Cape Town-born striker scoring 10 goals so far for KV Westerlo in the Belgian second division. Abrahams, main picture, mostly plays on the left or right of attack but his versatility also allows him to play as a second striker behind a holding striker which has clearly been working very well for him so far as he has been consistently scoring and assisting goals for the past two seasons.
He might be only 19, but the Eldorado Park-born midfielder has been a regular first team player for close to two years now. Ayer has played over 40 games in senior football for Swedish top flight side Varbergs Bois including playing a whopping 29 games out of a possible 30 games last season as they got promotion to the top flight. Ayer’s versatility is also another plus in his game as he can also play as a right back having played half of last season covering the right back position at his club after their regular right back had an injury set back and this could help the national team. The last time Bafana Bafana had a teenager in the set up was in the times of Rivaldo Coetzee so it would be good to have some young blood.
South Africa has long been wishing for a good pool of centre backs in the national team with captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and his Bidvest Wits teammate Buhle Mkhwanazi having been this first choice pairing for the past two years or so but there is another option playing regular football in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Phete, who is a Stars of Africa graduate, is a right footed centre back who plays for Portuguese top tier side Belenenses. He has been getting rave reviews in Portugal having scooped two man of the match awards in 4 games for Belenenses. The 25-year-old lanky defender could be a good option for the national selectors to have a look at for a long-term project considering he plays at a good level too.
The national team coach has expressed interest in bringing in Preston North End talisman Tom Barkhuizen to play for South Africa. Barkhuizen who was born in Blackpool qualifies for Mzansi through his grandfather and with his consistent performances for Preston in front of goal this season having seen him hit double figures the pacey winger can add the firepower needed upfront.
Many felt that he should have been part of the Bafana Bafana set up already having been performing very well for the junior national teams helping them qualify for the 2017 U20 World Cup and now recently the Olympics to be held in Tokyo, Japan, in July. Singh has also been consistent at club level for the past 2-3 years since he burst into the scene in his days at Swedish side Gais. He has returned from injury and is fully fit again and with Moreirense having struggled without him the winger can get some minutes under his belt before the international break.
By Prince Sobayeni