Burton backs Webber for No. 10 role
Posted: 28 June 2017 Time: 15:55
Stellenbosch FC COO Edries Burton is confident the club’s talented young attacker Jamie Webber will impress with Bafana Bafana at the Cosafa Cup.
The 19-year old Webber, along with Mohau Mokate of Maritzburg United, was roped in by coach Stuart Baxter to replace Mandla Masango and Lebogang Phiri respectively.
Bafana Bafana, who are the reigning champions, start their title defence at the quarterfinal stage, where they await the winner of group A, at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday, July 2.
Burton has likened the former Old Mutual Academy product with PSL stars such as Cape Town City captain Lebogang Manayama and Percy Tau from Mamelodi Sundowns.
“It’s not that I’m comparing him with Manayama or Tau or putting him in their bracket, it’s just that he’s that kind of player that can anticipate and run into the little gaps behind and in between the defenders,” Burton tells KickOff.com.
“He has good technique and I feel he needs to play in a more advanced position on the field. I’m in no way dictating to our national coaches but, having Jamie at our club, I think that he’s best suited for the number 10-jersey, even as a second striker.
"I think he’ll impress the coaches as he has a lot to offer,” said Burton.
According to Burton, Webber’s selection also bodes well for the club from the Cape winelands, which is still only in its first year of existence and narrowly missed out on PSL promotion after falling short at the play-off stages.
“It motivates us as a club to work harder and to keep on pushing. This will drive other players at the club," he adds. "Also that our national coaches are showing interest in what’s happening even in lower tiers is inspiring and needs to be commended."
The former Santos, AmaZulu and Cape Town Spurs defender believes the loan-spell with Ikapa FC in the ABC Motsepe League contributed to Jamie’s maturity and development as a player.
“He was also in included in the under-23 squad. We brought him back from Ikapa during the 2016 transfer window and he really played a huge role early in our season. Jamie is definitely a player for the future," Burton concludes.