‘Dortmund don’t sign mickey-mouse players’
Posted: 11 November 2018 Time: 13:00
Former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez is confident Tashreeq Matthews will emulate the likes of Steve Pienaar and Delron Buckley in Germany.
Matthews recently completed a move to Borussia Dortmund after getting his papers in order and became only the fourth South African to join the Bundesliga giants.
The 18-year-old midfielder is a graduate of the respected Ajax Cape Town youth academy and spent a short while at fellow Cape Town outfit Cape Town City.
Following his 18th birthday in September, the kid from Hanover Park – where Benni McCarthy also hails from – was quickly snapped up by The BVB and made his first competitive appearance in the UEFA Youth League earlier this week.
Fernandez, who also turned out in the German premier division for three-and-a-half years with Armenia Beilefeld, has backed the teenager to prosper with The Black and Yellows.
“I think Dortmund don’t just sign mickey-mouse players, they would have done home work on him first of all and run a whole background check on him,” said the former Kaizer Chiefs shotstopper.
“And I’m sure they have signed him with the future in mind. You don’t sign a kid on a three-year deal and then loan him out. I think they’re going to give him a chance.
“It’s great for him and I just hope there’s more to come, not only for him but obviously also for more players to go over after this deal, which gives exposure for the Bundesliga.
“We need to get players out there to Germany because it’s a great platform for players.”