SA recruiting three Europe-based players


Molefi Ntseki will leave for Europe soon in an attempt to convince a few promising players to come play for South Africa.

The Bafana Bafana head coach is set to have discussions with three players in Europe who are eligible to play for South Africa as he looks to address the national team's scoring problem, as well as to bring in some talent playing abroad.

Check out the gallery above to see all the Europe-based players Ntseki is eyeing 

Molefi's first stop will be England to see Tom Barkhuizen, who has impressed for Championship side Preston North End this season.

The former Blackpool striker, who can also play as a winger, has scored 28 goals and provided 13 assists in the 118 games he has played for Preston North End.

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This season alone the 26-year-old has already netted seven times and assisted twice in 17 matches in all competitions, reportedly attracting interest from German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverskusen.

According to Ntseki, Barkhuizen is not the only player he is looking to rope in from overseas.

"Actually we were not speaking about him alone," Ntseki tells

"We were just saying I've watched him play. But we still have to go and watch him from his club in England, and if we are impressed with him we'll do the right protocols, speak to the player, speak to the parents, and see if he can get a South African passport.

"But he is a South African. He is a striker. He was born in England but with South African parents. They are over there. I think it's the same situation with that one of Dean Furman.

"We are actually following all the players that are overseas, and immediately profile them and see if ever they can come to the national team and add value. Like we did with Furman in the past, we did with Lars Veldwijk and many others.

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"So I think we are just doing what is very normal to help the nation look for talent outside the country, and come and add value to the country.

"After all the reports have been submitted to the technical committee and technical director and the CEO about the two matches [Ghana and Sudan] we'll definitely look into going to Europe to look for those players that we have identified.

"It won't be only for him alone, it will also be about other players. The other one is Thibang Phete playing in Portugal [for Famalicao], he is a centre-back, and the other one is Kurt Abrahams [22-year-old from KVC Westerlo] playing as a striker in Belgium."

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