Untersee still dreams of Bafana


FARPost caught up with SA-born defender Joel Untersee who is currently on the look out for a club after leaving Swiss Super Liga side FC Lugano recently.

Untersee was born in Benoni in 1994 before moving to Switzerland as a young boy with his parents.

He was nurtured in the ranks of FC Zurich before being scouted by Juventus in 2010 where he stayed for about 5 years.

The defender explained his goals for next season explaining that he is on the lookout for a new team after turning down a permanent deal from FC Lugano.

“I would like to find a Clclub where I can play regular football, I was offered a contract at Lugano, but I opted against it as I felt it’s not the right project for me. I want to go somewhere where I can show what I’m capable of as a player,” said Untersee.

“I’ve had a few unfortunate seasons with a lot of instability so I just want to get things back together and prove myself wherever I will be playing.”

Untersee was a subject of discussion last year when coach Stuart Baxter called him and Crystal Palace defender Nikola Tavares into his Bafana Bafana squad, but the latter had paperwork challenges.

The 26-year-old says he harbours hopes of playing for his country in the future.

“Yes definitely I want to play for South Africa, that’s all been my wish, but the last time I was contacted my documents weren’t in order so I couldn’t join the squad but I’m 100% committed to playing for my country to prove myself. I just want to find a new club then my performances will speak for me,” he concluded.

The right back already represented Switzerland at all youth featuring regularly at all levels from U-15 until U-21. At club level between 2013-2016 he went out on loan to Swiss Super Liga side FC Vaduz where he made 58 appearances. In the 2016/17 season he was loaned out again to Italian Serie B side Brescia making 39 appearances in the league before another loan to Empoli the following season where he played 15 league games.

Untersee later signed a permanent two-year-deal and later was loaned out again to FC Zurich before his latest loan with FC Lugano last season.

The defender is looking for a long-term deal that will see him play regularly and get his career back on track next season.

By Prince Sobayeni 

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