'The time is now for Patosi'

Lokeren's Ayanda Patosi should be selected for Africa Cup of Nations – agent

Posted: 28 December 2012 Time: 01:10 pm

History could repeat itself if Ayanda Patosi is not selected for the Africa Cup of Nations – as he follows in the footsteps of Benni McCarthy and Steven Pienaar.

That is according to the player’s agent, Rob Moore, who has drawn parallels between the young attacking midfielder’s situation and those of McCarthy and Pienaar in the past.

Both McCarthy and Pienaar had to wait for their chance in a national team jersey, being deemed too inexperienced at first, with the then coaches of Bafana – Clive Barker and Carlos Queiroz – leaving their jobs shortly afterwards.

Moore says the time is now for Patosi, who has had an excellent season in Belgium with Lokeren, and he has urged current Bafana coach Gordon Igesund to be bold and select him for the Nations Cup.

“We can see history repeating itself in front of our eyes,” Moore says. “It is easy to see the similarities between Patosi’s situation now and that of McCarthy and Pienaar.

“Barker said at the time that McCarthy was not ready for the national side and he resisted and resisted … but look what McCarthy managed to achieve when Jomo Sono took over ahead of the 1998 Nations Cup and selected him straight away? He finished as joint top-scorer at that tournament.

“And the same with Pienaar. Carlos Queiroz would not select him for the 2002 Nations Cup, despite the fact that he was in good form at Ajax Amsterdam. He gave the same reasons, but left his job a month later.”

Moore is confident that Patosi can add significant value to the Bafana squad for the 2013 tournament, suggesting that he is ahead of other selections Igesund has made in recent squads.

“If you look at the level that he is playing at in Belgium, it is well above the PSL. Then factor in that he has been one of the best players in that League this season and it is hard to see why he would not be selected. You have to ask yourself what more he has to do to win a place in the squad?

“But the coach must make the picks that he feels will be best for him at the tournament and he must stand or fall based on those.”

Patosi missed training on Thursday as he continues to nurse his ankle injury, but his hoping to take part in the two sessions taking place on Friday.

Article by: Mzansi Football and KickOff.com

Previous comments on this story...

mnaka
posted: 01:55 pm
He is stil injured.
Liesbeeck
posted: 01:55 pm
“Barker said at the time that McCarthy was not ready for the national side and he resisted and resisted … but look what McCarthy managed to achieve when Jomo Sono took over ahead of the 1998 Nations Cup and selected him straight away? He finished as joint top-scorer at that tournament.

“And the same with Pienaar. Carlos Queiroz would not select him for the 2002 Nations Cup, despite the fact that he was in good form at Ajax Amsterdam. He gave the same reasons, but left his job a month later.”
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Barker did play Benni but during his tenure he had established internationals like Mark Williams, Phil Masinga, Bartlett who understood his system and BB then was reaping good results and at one stage was ranked around 16 by FIFA and number one in Africa. Barker wouldnt then throw Benni in deep end at the time but started introducing him steadily, but was unfortunately sacked. When Jomo took over the players that were key under Barker were in the twilight of their careers while Benni was growing rapidly. I am sure Barker would have done like Jomo did if he was still BB coach in 1998.

As for Pienaar he has had more chances at BB and have seen his generally average performances
Skhumba
posted: 01:57 pm
The boy is good could be heading to Chelsea very soon. He should be included, at the moment at our National team there's nobody who have extensive Afcon experience.
Thebula
posted: 01:58 pm
Rob More must leave the job 2 da coach, firstly the boy is nursing an ankle injury, our national team is not a ward, so leave the selection 2 da coach
The Game..
posted: 02:00 pm
Gordon flew to have coffee with Steven Pienaar and he came back with some teenager, yet said he's not ready cos he's shy: He (Gordon) should know all the players with potential (it's his responsibility) especially when the domestic league is on: what he does is to be a spokesman yaka kickoff with his friend Stuart...
Ntlakuso
posted: 02:05 pm
There are no similarities. Benni and Pienaar already made their mark, Patosi is yet to. Wait until he has done so with the national team. There is a lot of players who have been overlooked for inexperience all over, so why try to make the similarities with our best players of late? Just to oversell him? If he is that good, he will get his chance eventually.
fofo
posted: 02:08 pm
Shut up Robbing Moore money agent. What if he's good for his team, like Pienaar. Only Benni performed well for both Club and country.
Bucsaway Trebble Champ
posted: 02:12 pm
Mbabane Swallows target Nyawane Cowbalala says he will be fit to play when Bafunny BaChiemps begin their journey to fight to atleast make it to the quaterfinals of the Africa Cup on Nations.
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 02:27 pm
Players agents are damaging the beautiful game.

Rob Moore is forcing an issue here, Just like they did with May Mahlangu.

Rantie proved his worth at Pirates.
makgorometsa
posted: 02:36 pm
voootsek Moore u are te reason Bafana is going down...You like to stick ure agent nose in Bafana Matters a lot...Just coz u are his agent,u believe he deserve a special preference...tsek! Give GI a space to chose his own team..
Mapeya
posted: 04:07 pm
Its sad how these urgents try n influence the coaches the boi is gem no doubt but Afcon is one of the most difficult tournament that needs experience.
Lungzela
posted: 04:20 pm
Moooo is really desperate to see this Patosi kid playing in the AFCON, I say GI must do things his way and not being pressured by agents bcoz soon we will see other agents claiming that the likes of COWshamaite, the injured Mampuru, SeCOWlele and etc should be in the squad as well...!!!
Tholo-ka-bomo
posted: 07:34 pm
in other words Moore is saying give the boy international cap so that he can head to EPL and then sign a clause that saying he will not feature for BB and retires at 23. We see the parallels
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