UK-based Mashigo awaits SAFA call

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Mashigo, 17, has earned rave reviews within the academy of Fleetwood Town since being roped in from esteemed Irish-based club St Kevin's Boys.

The South African-born midfielder joined the League One outfit, who've invested heavily in youth infrastructure, as well as the recruitment of the most sought-after talents within the United Kingdom.

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And his development has naturally attracted the intention of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

However, Mashigo concedes his international future is not set in stone while he attempts to break into the first-team side led by former England and Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton.

"If someone asks me, I definitely consider myself South African, I always say this, I was born in SA, but I was raised in Ireland," he told KickOff"I always go back to SA every summer, to visit my grandparents and cousins.

"I've represented Ireland at U15 and U16 level within training camps, little tournaments against English club's but I haven't really been contacted by the South African Football Federation (SAFA).

"But if I was? I will take it with both hands, I'd love to represent South Africa in the future."

With The Fishermen being a household name in the UK due to the meteoric rise Jamie Vardy ensued after leaving the club, while they plied their trade within the realms of non-league football, Mashigo shed a little insight of the former England international.

"Jamie Vardy? He's a real legend in the parts due to his fairytale story yeah," Mashigo said.

"You probably won't believe this but our current physio was his manager when he was at the club!"