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Denwin Farmer realises dream following Bafana Bafana call-up

Posted: 31 August 2016 Time: 17:27

SuperSport United defender Denwin Farmer has realised his long-time dream of being called up to Bafana Bafana and cannot wait to get his first senior international cap.

The 19-year old has been called up to the South African Senior Men’s National Team squad that will face Mauritania and Egypt in the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and the 2016 Nelson Mandela Challenge respectively.
“It has always been a dream of mine to represent my country at junior level and at Bafana Bafana level, now I am living that dream," said Farmer. "I cant wait for that first cap and the dream will come alive."

He was first spotted at Amajita, the South African under-20 Men’s National Team by then head coach Shakes Mashaba at a SAFA u19 Interprovincial tournament in Bloemfontein in 2014, while still on the books of the SuperSport Academy.
He got a call-up to the Amajita squad for the African Youth Championships qualifiers, and made his presence felt before graduating to the under-23 squad that was playing the qualifiers of the CAF u23 Africa Cup of Nations.

However, the Port Elizabeth-born teenager suffered an injury and subsequently missed out on the trip to Senegal, where the squad qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“I was disapointed at not making the Rio team but then I looked at the bigger picture and worked on improving on the different aspects of my game," he added.

"And Bafana Bafana was the bigger picture, so I am just happy I got the call up now.

 “It’s not good that we have not qualified for the 2017 AFCON but, given a chance, I will still play to the best of my abilities because it has always been a dream of mine to represent my country.

"It is all about booking my place for the future, I want to be part of the team that plays in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, so I need to work harder to stay in the team, even though I know that there are no permanent places in the national team. Your place is never guaranteed – there are no contracts here.”

As a youngster, Farmer has been inspired by several players in the national team and he is now happy to be sharing the same dressing dressing room with the likes of Andile Jali.

“It is actually all of them, the likes of Andile Jali, Clayton Daniels and Dean Furman, who I play with at club level too.

"I always used to look up to them, watching them from when I was small and now I am playing with them – that’s a dream come true.

"My goal is to play both games, but if not, at least one game so I can push myself to the best of my abilities. And if I am on the bench I will just give the team the support it needs,” he concluded.
Bafana Bafana face Mauritania on Friday, 2 Septemer 2016 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, and Egypt on Tuesday, 6 September at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
Kickoff for both matches is at 19h05.

Article by: SAFA Media
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