Leeds' David Somma likely to play for Bafana
Posted: 2 November 2010 Time: 19:32
Coach Pitso Mosimane says he is considering Leeds United striker Davide Somma for a Bafana Bafana debut in the Nelson Mandela Challenge against USA in Cape Town on November 17.
Somma has been in top form in front of goal in the English Championship, forcing Mosimane to consider him for the game against the USA.
Mosimane travelled to Europe recently to watch some Bafana players in action with their respective clubs, but did not travel to England as Somma was not in action for Leeds the past weekend.
However, despite failing to see the Johannesburg-born striker in action, Mosimane confirmed that he is seriously considering calling him up for the Nelson Mandela Challenge.
“The main purpose of the trip was to go and watch as many players as possible, including Somma, but I heard that he won’t be playing this past weekend so I ended up not going to England," he says.
“This is one of the many visits we will be making to watch our players abroad. This time I had a punishing schedule and only ended up watching two matches.
“I would have loved to stay and watch more players, but I had to come back to prepare for the Mandela Challenge in two weeks' time. Having not seen Somma in action does not mean he is out of contention for the friendly in Cape Town; I might bring him down to have a closer look at him, but that is something I am still discussing with my technical team.
"Time and schedule permitting, I will go back and watch more players because it’s important to visit these players abroad and not just wait for them to come to Bafana Bafana."
Mosimane paid a visit to Belgium where he watched Siboniso Gaxa, Daylon Claasen and Lance Davids in action for Lierse FC last Saturday. The following day ‘Jingles’ was on hand to see Anele Ngcongca’s Racing Genk lose 2-1 at home to Anderlecht.
“I was impressed to see that all the guys played; not only that, but also the fact that they played 90 minutes each. It is encouraging to see our players taking the field regularly as it keeps them in tip top condition when they come to the national team.
“In the case of Ngcongca, he is playing for a big team, and I was able to speak to some people from his club and they are impressed with him. They want to keep him longer, and that is great news,” Mosimane says.
The squad to face the USA will be announced next week Wednesday, November 10.