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Q&A with new Bafana call-up Ricardo Nunes

Posted: 9 October 2012 Time: 10:05 pm

Bafana Bafana new cap Ricardo Nunes has joined the rest of the squad in the Polish capital of Warsaw in preparation for Friday's international friendly.

The Slovakia-based defender says he is excited to represent the country of his birth at international level.

Tell us about yourself.

Ricardo Nunes: I was born in Johannesburg on June 8, 1986, and I left for Lisbon, Portugal when I was eight years old. My parents still live in Lisbon but I moved to the south of Portugal with my wife and four year-old daughter. Currently I am living in Slovakia where I play football for MSK Zilina. We are second on the table, three points behind the log leaders Slovan Bratislava who have 21 points. We are on 18. I play left-back for the club and I am known as a free-kick specialist. I have scored one goal so far this season from a dead ball situation. This is a skill I developed from a young age.

How does it feel being called up for South Africa?

I was very happy when I heard that I have been called up to the national team of my birthplace South Africa. This is a very special moment in my life. I have been waiting for a while for this but I had to sort out my papers first with Fifa before I could accept the call-up. I spoke to coach Gordon [Igesund] and he is a great man.

What are you hoping to achieve?

I hope to help the country do well and win titles. But you must remember that football is not a one-man sport, so I am confident with the help of all the players we can do very well for the country. I am really looking forward to donning the national team jersey; I just can't wait.

What do you know about the national team?

Reports I got say we have a good bunch of players that want to do well on the international stage. All I want is to give my best just like I do at my club and hope to get the results for the country.

What do you know about South African football?

I didn't know much about South African football because we don't watch it on television in Slovakia. I however, have checked some action on the Internet. There are lots of very skilful players and some of my current club teammates are from the African continent and they speak highly of the level of the game in South Africa. Now that I am here, I can't wait to mingle with my new national teammates. I am very excited to be here.

Are there any South African players that you knew before this camp?

Only a handful hey; Lucas Radebe, who was a household name in England some years ago, I also knew of Mark Fish and Quinton Fortune because they played in England. Benni McCarthy was well known in Portugal while playing for Porto, Bernard Parker is in the news currently and I have heard of him as well. Calvin Kadi used to play at Portimonense in Portugal as well as Aaron Mokoena who was in England.

What do you know about Poland?

They are a very strong team and most of their players are based in Germany. They are playing at home, which makes them very dangerous, but after seeing highlights of South Africa against Brazil I am confident that we have what it takes to beat them. If we continue from that performance in Sao Paolo, I have no doubt in my mind that there is a good chance of us winning the match.

What did you make of South Africa hosting the 2010 World Cup?

I was very impressed with the organisation of the World Cup; more so after many had doubted the ability of the country. Many people from Europe were very enthusiastic from what they witnessed here; seeing the energy of fans at the venues blew their minds, the sound of the vuvuzela too.

 

Personal information

 

Full name: Ricardo Nuno dos Santos Nunes

Born: 18/6/1986, in Johannesburg

Height: 1.77m

 

Club information

Current club

MŠK Zilina

Number

77

Youth career

2001-2002

Estoril

2002-2005

Benfica

Senior career*

Years

Team

Apps

(Gls)

2005-2006

Benfica B

23

(1)

2006-2007

Lamia

30

(0)

2007-2008

AEP

25

(2)

2008-2010

Aris Limassol

32

(7)

2010

Olympiakos Nicosia

12

(1)

2010-2011

Trofense

7

(0)

2011-2012

Portimonense

17

(0)

2012-

MŠK Zilina

18

(1)

National team

2012–

South Africa

0

(0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28/9/2012.


 

Previous comments on this story...

El Sol
posted: 10:52 pm
Hope this boy can really play cauz Punch is underperfoming @ national level, with Masilela out injured. Keep the fire burning gents & trash those racist Polish. Proudly S'African i am.
KodiLekhosi
posted: 12:10 am
So his parents moved to Lisbon a year after ANC was voted into government? Anyway, lets not put the blame on you.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 06:47 am
@
KodiLekhosi

posted: 12:10 am

So his parents moved to Lisbon a year after ANC was voted into government? Anyway, lets not put the blame on you.
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When was ANC voted into government? 1986????? No! Zebra you're mistaken.
Stil Standing
posted: 06:58 am
@ KodiLekhosi
interesting observation there buddy.....what a coincidence! 8 yrs old huh? That's pretty much around the same time we had our first democratic elections.
Footballlover
posted: 07:12 am
@Starwashelela

Kodilakhosi is correct, if you count 8 years from when the player was born you will realize that would be 1994. however I hope the player can represent the country with pride and give the team some depth in that left back position.

I'm proudly SA...
Sexton
posted: 07:16 am
I am not sure if he has a country's interest at heart.... I am quite confused why Gordon Opted to select a player who is not knowledgeable about South African football. No Patriotism in this
Player. As for Gordon I just hope he is not bribed by Agents to select players for personl gains.
Stil Standing
posted: 07:19 am
What's particularly interesting to me reading his responses is the little knowledge and interest he seems to have about the football in this country. He doesn't sound to have bothered much about finding out more. Cmon he's 26. It doesn't sound as if he was here in 2010 either. He relies on the internet for the bit he's gathered.
Dan ka-Mkhaliphi
posted: 07:23 am
Stil Standingposted: 07:19 am | Report What's particularly interesting to me reading his responses is the little knowledge and interest he seems to have about the football in this country. He doesn't sound to have bothered much about finding out more. Cmon he's 26. It doesn't sound as if he was here in 2010 either. He relies on the internet for the bit he's gathered.
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I can't agree more with you Stil Standing, the guy seem very much to be like one of those Europeans who thought there are just lions,tigers,elephants,Zebras(no pun intended) roaming around town.How come he relies on players from other African countries, to tell him of his(supposedly) country of birth, at 26 nogal?
Futbal fan
posted: 07:24 am
Is this guy really South African? Being born in a country is one thing but being its true citizen is the other. This one is citizenship acquired for convenience......
llewellyn.delange
posted: 07:48 am
i agree wit u guys that patriotsm should come first but lets give it a try there are lots of big countrys doing the same thing!! like France and Germany even Some African countrys....
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 07:57 am

I didn't know much about South African football because we don't watch it on television in Slovakia.

Gordon show his racist tendencies once again, we have a player like Matlaba,Phungwayo,Daniels,Mampuru,Gcaba,Tom who are far better than this man, yet we are forced to watch those who do not even care about us.

Gordon 11 will fail with flying colours because of these apartheid mentality.

This guy was rejected by Portugal and thina we go running after him as if he plays in the biggest league.
mantengwane
posted: 08:24 am
lol. no comment, this is beyond my comprehension...desperate times calls for desperate measures indeed
AlQaeda 2012/13 PSL Champ
posted: 08:33 am
I was willing to give this guy a benefit of the doubt but after seeing the stats, he is just another palooka!!! playing for 8 clubs in 8 years...he is getting fired every year moes.
Champ-Marapo
posted: 08:43 am
I will always repeat this....Gordon is a racist.

Did he have to travel to Slovakian league to find a left back when we have abundance here at home heheheh itjo.

"I play left-back for the club and I am known as a free-kick specialist. I have scored one goal so far this season from a dead ball situation. " heheheheheheheh this is the same thing he told Gordon imediately when he lands in Slovakia and the racist fell for it hahahah. If you are the specialist mr specialist why only one goal hahahah.

I give Gordon only 2 years and there will be no any black player in the national team.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 08:48 am
So after failing to represent Portugal,he now sees an opotunity to play for SA,WTF?This man just wants to update his CV n retire once his future is certain.Look at wat that idiot Prince Boateng did to Ghana,he just wanted to play in World Cup n dump them afterwards.
Ka bo YELO
posted: 08:59 am
WELCOME HOME SIR plz make us proud boy
Donald Duck
posted: 09:01 am
TREBLE CHAMP KING
Gordon show his racist tendencies once again, we have a player like Matlaba,Phungwayo,Daniels,Mampuru,Gcaba,Tom who are far better than this man
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the one thing dat is very boring about reading mice supporters comments is ur very biased. on what basis are u saying these players are better than nunes. did u see him play? Matlaba is a gud player, but he was not selected because Gordon wants to look at other players. this is de point of a friendly. We all know what Matlaba can do but we dont know what nunes can do.

Besides Matlaba is a terrible left back, he has virtually zero defensive abilities. that is why Gordon prefers him at left wing because he can attack. the problem is dat at left wing he comes across king shabba..
Donald Duck
posted: 09:05 am
as for those who say the guy is unpatriotic, i have to agree. he could atleast have done more to learn about SA once he knew of his selection. the fact that the family left in 94 is a clear indication of the type of parents he has. obviously his head was filled with all sort of nonsense about SA.
Sexton
posted: 09:09 am
Gordon Igesund starts losing it upstaires. How do you select a player who had played for 8 teams in 8 years, Is he not aware that this player has been deemed surplus to requirements for every team he had played for. Gordon Igesund should be reminded that Bafana Bafana is not a FORM REVIVING OBJECT (Moroka Swallows)...... This is the National team where a coach must select players who are already on form to represent the country at merit level.
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 09:23 am
A free kick specialist that has scored only 1 goal in the 2 yrs?

Anyway I am not suprised. What saddens me is that GI yes-bass boys, Magigage & that other failure only watched the vidio for only 10 minutes & made their boss happy by agreeing that "Nunes is a fantastic player".

Gordon's 11 is in full steam, Who is next the next reject to be recalled to the "national team".
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