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Nathan Paulse envisages bright future for Prince Nxumalo

Posted: 31 March 2016 Time: 10:09

Ajax Cape Town’s Nathan Paulse feels that club teammate Prince Nxumalo has the world at his feet following his debut in national team colours.

The KwaZulu-Natal born forward finally made his bow for Bafana Bafana - albeit a 15-minute substitute appearance – in South Africa’s midweek Afcon qualifying goalless draw against Cameroon.

It was Nxumalo’s first taste of international football, having been unable to honour his first call-up in September last year following two epileptic attacks which threatened to ruin his season.

The 25-year-old has since bounced back in impressive fashion, his recent goal-scoring run putting him in the running for PSL top-goalscorer this season, with an international debut to boot.

“I’m extremely happy for him and proud that a striker from our team was picked for the Bafana squad,” fellow Ajax striker Paulse tells KickOff.com. “It didn’t make sense to me why he wasn’t played from the start – but that’s another story.

“I hope he builds from this, and sets his sights higher than just being in the Bafana squad – he should work towards, in the next year or two, going overseas.”

Paulse says he will do all he can to help his teammate push on, and feels Nxumalo’s good form is testament of all his hard work in recent months.

“I’m here to help and assist and push him as much as I can, as I am here to keep him sharp by doing what I can and playing well, and he helps me and the other forwards too,” he continues. “As I’ve always said, competition breeds success, and I think he is evidence of that.

"He’s being doing extremely well for us, and now he’s been rewarded, so he must just keep on going.”

Nxumalo will next be in action for Ajax when they take on Platinum Stars in their next PSL fixture on 13 April.

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Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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