Ngcongca tips Patosi as Bafana star

The 19-year-old from Cape Town is expected to play some part for his club Lokeren in the Belgian Cup Final on Sunday after a stunning debut season in Europe.

And having lined up against him for the first time for reigning champions Racing Genk in last month’s 1-0 defeat, Bafana right-back Ngcongca has nothing but praise for Patosi.

“He has done so well in his first season in Belgium – I only played three games in my first season so to see him make it to the cup final is a great achievement,” he tells

“I knew Ayanda when he was in Cape Town, so he is taking the same route that I took and I’m very proud of him. He’s such a humble guy as well.”

Patosi has yet to play for his country at any level, having moved to Belgium last July directly from Africa Soccer Developments Academy. He will be up against Darren Keet’s FC Kortrijk in the Cup final and Ngcongca, who is now firmly established in Pitso Mosimane’s first-choice line-up, expects him to force his way into contention for the full squad.

“Ayanda is the future for the national team and his time will come,” he says. “I speak to him every day and he was here with me at the weekend.

“I told him to keep his feet on the ground because he is a good talent, but he mustn’t think he has already made it. The only thing he has to do is keep working hard and I’m sure he will be wearing the colours of the national team one day.”