Singh is a potential match winner, says Ntseki


Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki strongly believes Luther Singh has the potential to become a genuine match-winner for the national team.

In only his second appearance for Bafana, Singh got his maiden goal in the 1-1 draw neighbours Namibia in an international friendly at the Royal Bafokeng Palace in Phokeng on Thursday night.

Ntseki is backing the 23-year-old FC Pacos de Ferreira striker to have a big impact in Bafana colours but also stated that the Portugal-based Singh needs “to discover himself and play more on his strengths”.

Singh is on loan at Portuguese top-tier outfit Paços Ferreira from SC Braga.

“A highly talented player but I keep on saying to him if he can just up his game a little, he can be a match-winner for the national team,” said the Bafana mentor.

“By the way, Luther is the one who took the [South African] U-20 team in 2017 to the World Cup, so he is a quality player but the most important thing for us is to manage him well.

“When you look at him in the first half he was actually causing problems for Namibia but obviously in a game like this, there were those moments where you lose concentration or where you lose the ball and that also kills the confidence of the player.

“But Luther being Luther he ended the game on a high in terms of still being confident on the ball,” added Ntseki.

Singh made it clear that he is willing to fight for a striker’s berth in the Bafana side and learn from experienced campaigners such as Kermit Erasmus, Percy Tau and Lebogang Manyama.

“It’s always a great honour and opportunity to represent my country. With the quality that we have in camp, I feel like we can learn a lot from the experienced guys,” said Singh.

“It’s just for me to express myself and try to learn all that I can from the senior players that have represented the team at the highest level before.”

The Noordgesig-born player made his debut for the national team back in 2017 in an international friendly against Angola under former head coach Stuart Baxter.

He played an integral role in the U-23 team qualifying for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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