Lakay honoured to make history

Posted: 1 December 2014 Time: 09:59 pm

South African striker Fagrie Lakay says he is proud after becoming South Africa’s youngest-ever player following his debut in Bafana Bafana’s 2-0 win over Ivory Coast.

The 17-year-old Santos forward came on in the 76th minute of the Nelson Mandela Challenge against the Elephants, breaking the record recently set by Ajax Cape Town’s Rivaldo Coetzee as the youngest ever player to wear the national jersey for Bafana.

“It is a great feeling and great achievement but it doesn’t mean it stops here,” Lakay told Safa’s website. “I broke one record now and now it means I need to keep on working hard because there are now expectations out there for me to continue to do well.

“I just need to keep my feet on the ground and wherever I am playing just keep on working hard.”

The young teenager revealed his parents were the first people he called after rewriting South Africa’s history books.

“I phoned my parents because they are the ones who are supporting me and always motivating me, so I am thankful to them because if it wasn’t for them I would not be here, and also if you do well they are the first ones to celebrate with you at the same time if things don’t go well they are the first ones to support you,” he said.

Lakay revealed that playing in the Mandela Challenge was a special moment for him especially, being a “born-free”.

“Being a born-free, as we are called, the game meant a lot to me because it is a celebration of the name of Tata Madiba who did so much for us by fighting for our freedom,” he said.

“So we are really privileged to be playing today, and I happy to have been a part of this occasion.”

Lakay was an integral member of the South Africa U-20 side that secured their passage to the 2015 CAF African Youth Championship, and became the first of that team to earn a senior national cap.

“It was a great feeling because there are many 17-year-olds out there in our country, and I believe I am privileged to be the only one in that age group to make my Bafana Bafana debut,” he said.

Lakay also revealed his gratitude to coach Shakes Mashaba for affording him this opportunity.

“It really meant a lot and I would like to thank coach Shakes Mashaba because he played a major role in my footballing career and want to say thanks also for giving me this opportunity,” the youngster said.

Article by: SAFA Media

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Ncipa Bantu Tar Rhee
posted: 2014-12-01 20:20:34

Free born!

Chief Murphy
posted: 2014-12-01 20:23:34

Keep on working hard boy majoro n erasmus will learn a thing from you when they are in the bench while you're playing

SuperMario81
posted: 2014-12-01 20:38:30

Try wrestling!

Khosi5yd
posted: 2014-12-01 20:58:48

Congrats and keep working hard,...you have a bright future ahead of you.

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-12-01 22:14:02

Already at 17… much much much better than the mascot of mediocrity you know who…. Mr Flaky foot…

khosi lami
posted: 2014-12-02 01:44:45

Without out reading this boys age or knowing abt it he looks like his 27 not 17 but anyway bright future ahead

gebhula4sure
posted: 2014-12-02 03:26:12

Leave Majoro and Erasmus and stick to the topic you SATAN

gebhula4sure
posted: 2014-12-02 03:31:18

What is your problem you MTYHOLI read the heading and stick to the topic

tidos
posted: 2014-12-02 04:00:41

So wz he born ngo,1997 bt i wont b suprise when he tellz me dt ngo 1998 he saw chiefs winning the Rothmans cup final in FNB stadium @ d age of 1

Sbu Webhakabhaka
posted: 2014-12-02 05:13:58

17? Mmmm no comment.....

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-12-02 05:15:01

I am a bit amazed that these boys who break the records are from CT, of course most of them, bar Mokoena. Is it the same CT known to be notorious? Yesterday I was reading an article about study in Mexico which reveals that CT is the most dangerous town/city in SA taking the crown from Jozi. Given that we know that CT is full of thugs, drug masters, etc, one has to be amazed really that such a talent comes from within such an environment said to be notorious.

Big up to the lads including amongst them, your McCathy, Fortune, Booth, Coetzee, Lackay and others for sending a simple and clear message that if you have a goal in life and you set your eyes on it then there's nothing that will stand on your way....not even the bad environment you grow up in.

012letsatsantsa
posted: 2014-12-02 05:30:11

Always keep your head up boy boitjie.

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-12-02 05:52:17

Credit must go to bro Shakes for sticking to his promise of gradually bringing on board the young boys into the senior team.

This will help us to stop referring to a 25 year old as young because if he's young then a question will arise as to within which category do we put a 17 year old like Lakay...young young?

Black4ever
posted: 2014-12-02 05:57:51

Well done young man your parents have done a great job

mugwili
posted: 2014-12-02 06:00:48

tidos lol age cheating nee

The Best Rhino
posted: 2014-12-02 06:11:25

Kahle Kahle you want to say other Parents they dont do Great Job with their Kids Njandini? Love & Peace. 

Ambitious_Khosi
posted: 2014-12-02 06:11:33

Hope u will score more goals for us kid

Ambitious_Khosi
posted: 2014-12-02 06:13:22

N most of the boys from CT are top class talent

Ambitious_Khosi
posted: 2014-12-02 06:14:05

Lol what are you trying to imply bhakania?

Ambitious_Khosi
posted: 2014-12-02 06:14:43

Hahahahaha

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