Johnson: Kodisang shouldn't come back
Posted: 20 May 2017 Time: 20:45
Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson says young midfielder Kobamelo Kodisang should use the FIFA U-20 World Cup as an opportunity to impress international scouts.
The 17-year-old, who was part of this year's CAF Youth Championship in Zambia, is also part of the Amajita set-up as they prepare to begin their World Cup campaign in South Korea tomorrow (Sunday) against Japan at Suwon World Cup Stadium.
Kodisang was part of South Africa's U-17 FIFA World Cup campaign in Chile in 2015 under Molefe Ntseki and showed his creativity in abundance as an ever-present in David Notoane's U-19 side at last year's Durban International Tournament as they finished runners-up to Arsenal's junior side.
The U-20 showpiece has seen the likes of Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Seydou Keita use the tournament as a platform to launch themselves.
Johnson, who nurtured Steven Pienaar during their time together at Ajax Cape Town juniors, says he told the former Everton midfielder the same thing as he told Kodisang.
"Kodisang is not coming back, plain and simple. He'll not come back to South Africa," said Johnson, who promoted Kodisang to play his first PSL game at the age of 15-year-old in August 2015.
"He's got the chance to be playing at the World Cup and if you do well you'll not come back to South Africa.
"It is what I told Steven Pienaar when he was 18-years-old as well - play the tournament and never come back. Don't ever come back."
After Senong's side have played the young Japanese, they'll be next in action against Italy - the junior champions of Europe, on May 24 also at Suwon.
They'll round out their group stage obligations against Uruguay - also the junior champions of South America, on May 27 at Incheon Football stadium.