Jordan buoyed by Bafana experience
Posted: 12 July 2017 Time: 10:50
Bafana Bafana record holder Liam Jordan says he gained valuable lessons as part of the squad that finished fifth at the Cosafa Castle Cup.
The 18-year-old made history when he started the clash against Tanzania in the quarter-finals, becoming the first son of a former Bafana international to represent the senior national team in the 25 years since readmission to the global game. Liam’s father is the late ex-SuperSport United, Manning Rangers and Moroka Swallows forward Keryn Jordan, who sadly passed away from cancer in October 2013 at the age of 37.
While Bafana lost 1-0 to the Tanzanians before seeing off Botswana 2-0 and beating Namibia 1-0 in the Plate final, Liam enjoyed the entire two weeks.
"The experience of playing for Bafana Bafana was one to treasure. Being a young player, you always build confidence in your own abilities when you can see a coach like Stuart Baxter and Bafana calls you up," says Jordan, who was loaned by Bidvest Wits to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon last season.
"So it was a good two weeks and I learnt a lot about myself, on and off the field. I got to meet some great players that you see on TV and you wonder what these guys are like off the field. But I got to socialise and I got to play with them, and I can now call them my teammates and my brothers. So it was an awesome two weeks and I wouldn't have changed it for anything."
Jordan feels Bafana went from strength to strength at the event after relinquishing their crown at the first hurdle.
"I think naturally the first game was going to be touch and go and you could see that the more time we spent together the better we played and it showed in the final game," he adds.
"I think the result could have been a little better but in terms of the first game I mean we did well. And to come away with two wins and one loss I think if you asked me before the tournament what would we take, I think we would've taken it.
"Obviously the first game it would have better to win to qualify for the actual final but it's okay. Like the coach said, we never lose, either we win or we learn and I think that's what happened," concludes the midfielder, was also part of Thabo Senong's squad that featured at the Fifa U-20 World Cup in May in South Korea.