Lokeren's Ayanda Patosi should be selected for Africa Cup of Nations – agent
Posted: 28 December 2012 Time: 1:10 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.