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Fagrie Lakay ready for Bafana if needed

Posted: 8 October 2014 Time: 14:16

Bafana Bafana newcomer Fagrie Lakay says while he in the national team to learn, he will also raise his hand should he be asked to help the team.

Lakay is one of the youngest players in the Bafana squad that will take on Congo in two matches in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on 11 and 15 October.

Having grown through the ranks of the national team setup – Lakay played in the Under-17s and is now an integral part of the Under-20 squad – he enjoys working with head coach Shakes Mashaba since their days in the youth ranks.

“It is always good working with a coach like him, but right now it’s a bit different because it is not U17 or U20, it is Bafana Bafana. He is sometimes hard on you because at the lower levels he can be a bit softer, but here he pushes you and you can’t blame him, we have to get results,” said a shy Lakay who plays for Santos of Cape Town in the National First Division.


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The striker has become a household name after his two goals helped Amajita to qualify for the African Youth Championships that will be held in Niger from March next year. He is, however, unfazed at moving up a notch in his international career.

“Obviously it’s the senior team, you are playing with the best players in the country. I must admit that so far the guys have been very supportive. Every player wants to give a hundred percent and get goals. Should I be given a chance to play, I will do my best to assist the national team too. The advice I get is that I should play my normal game and not change things because I was called to the team for a reason. I must do what I do best,” added Lakay.

Kick-off for the game in Congo is at 16h30 (SA time) and the return leg at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane next Wednesday kicks off at 20h05.

Article by: SAFA Media

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posted: 2014-10-08 12:50:06

Yha it a good player

posted: 2014-10-08 12:50:41

which one is the surname?

tholokabomo-Tell no lies, Claim no easy victories
posted: 2014-10-08 12:58:57

There is this coloured boy who is in Brazil with Santos what is happening with him. He won some competition and went to Brazil.

tholokabomo-Tell no lies, Claim no easy victories
posted: 2014-10-08 13:05:26

Ok the players is Tyroane Sandows and he plays for Sao Paulo that his picture below. Does anybody follow his progress

Filaz Roger Feutmba
posted: 2014-10-08 13:18:01

Lentwana idlala Under 20 kodwa inobuso obogaqalala kanje??? Ingathi isondele ku 30 years njena.

Hayi kunzima!!!

posted: 2014-10-08 13:18:21

Yes you were called but Shakes has no intention of ever using you.

Ta s
posted: 2014-10-08 13:18:23

Mxm competıtıon u wnt every tom and jerry to play for bafana de boy u tlkng abt won de competıtıon shona kona and went to brazıl he ıs playg development football ıts not lyk thr were thousand of kıds an he ws chosen guys whn u talk abt smthng u must knw de facts

hellis commet
posted: 2014-10-08 13:36:08

Tyrone is even contemplating playing for Brazil, I think Safa don't want to pay plane ticket to fly these youngsters who are playing abroad to junior national teams, thats why guyz like Lebohang Phiri Kgosi Nthle are not playing for Amajitha at 19, Tyrone is only 18 years, but the ticket price from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg and back is what is prejudices against him. They rather pay for a Bafana player instead.

Ta s
posted: 2014-10-08 13:59:58

Thr r pple who talk alot n dnt knw anythng or hv lıke ths dude hellıs coment thy way u tlk ıts lyk u knw tht pple hv a hıdden agenda agaınst ths plyers u hv jst mentıon for ur ınfor nthle ıs 20 now he ws called up by gordon ın hıs fırst mnth at de bafana job phırı ıs stıll young he wouldnt even mke de bench at chıppa ıt doesnt mean u playıng overseas u de best youngstrs r gıven tym an also thy hv ths ın mınd tht thy wıl become super stars thy hv patıence wth them tyrome ıs a amature ın brazıl bro he ıs nt even ın de reserves thr

posted: 2014-10-08 14:14:09

tholokabomo a little background on the boy -  I hope we dont loose out on this player to Brazil....  

Ty is 19 and first arrived in Brazil in July 2006 with Shona Khona, a programme which takes a dozen young footballers each year from South Africa to visit the Sao Paulo academy which has produced players like Kaka, Oscar, Lucas Moura and Lucas Piazon.

A quick and nimble wide striker, who was a big fan of Arsenal and Thierry Henry when he was growing up in South Africa, he made such an impression that Sao Paulo, then the reigning FIFA Club World Cup champions, invited him back the following year to stay for 12 months. He is still there, now on the brink of the first team.

Initially, he lived with a Brazilian family who spoke English and went to an international school and trained three times a week in the evening with Sao Paulo until his Portuguese was fluent and he went to live on the Academy campus at the age of 14.

After eight years in the country, Ty is in the process of acquiring Brazilian citizenship. Until then, he cannot represent Brazil’s youth teams and is not anticipating a call from the South African national team set-up. 

'I don’t think South Africa even know I’m here,' he says. Twice a year he returns to Johannesburg to see his parents and younger brother Ethan, or they will visit him.

'It was a big decision,' said Ty. 'For your dreams you have to sacrifice something in your teenage years. It is not easy to have your son leave for a foreign country but my family have been supportive.

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posted: 2014-10-08 14:39:24

tholokabomo  wow!!! Where is SAFA?

tholokabomo-Tell no lies, Claim no easy victories
posted: 2014-10-08 14:42:06

Touch_Khosified Thanks Touch

tholokabomo-Tell no lies, Claim no easy victories
posted: 2014-10-08 14:43:31

hellis commet This boy went to Brazil with funfare why is it that SAFA it doing nothing.

Chain Puller
posted: 2014-10-08 15:53:45

Ta s he has just sign for the first team

posted: 2014-10-08 16:12:11

manzi will sufer from their arogance over players whom have worked hard to get proper development and gain more experience from overseas and thats a pure fact 1996 has long gone...the skop en doner is no more.. these days only morden tactics that is working these days in go to Belgium, Germany Ghana and Nigeria is the same have promising youngstars all over the world but you do not give them a chance who knew about Furman before GI called him?Sommer? you have Phiri, Phekeza, Patricio( and when the kid has gone to be a superstar playing for Italy you say "his is a South African born and what would that do for you?) and this guy in Brazil the same will be said about him....wake up its day light!!!!

hellis commet
posted: 2014-10-08 17:58:19

@ Ta's I was only stating the obvious, and I have never said there was a hidden agenda against the said players, I also stated if you read me well, that I believe that SAFA are not willing to spend money on plane tickets to fly these youngsters to youth competitions. Agreed Nthle is 20 but he been playing for Peterborough for the past three seasons, at one stage it was mentioned that he could be on a radar of Manchester United, couse Furguson's son was coaching Borough at that time. We have youngsters playing professional football in Portugal, have they been called to junior national teams? Of course at some stage some will be called for Bafana, but that's not the point. The point is SAFA chanels all their resources on the end product( Bafana).

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