Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has revealed his interest in looking into the qualities of Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Kearyn Baccus for future consideration.
Baccus last week pronounced his willingness to accede the call to play for Bafana should there be interest, despite having previously knocked on the door of the Australian national team.
The 28-year-old, Durban-born attacker has won the hearts of many Chiefs fans since his arrival at the start of the season, having managed a goal and two assists in eight games so far, and has recently expressed his interest in representing his country of birth.
“I don’t mind. My first and main goal is to play well for Chiefs then we’ll see what happens after that,” said Baccus.
“My heart is set with Australia, to be honest, but if South Africa come knocking then I guess I’ll have to consider it and sit down with my agent to see if it’s the best thing for me to do.”
This has since caught the ear of coach Ntseki, who is open to assessing the option of including any eligible player who expresses interest in representing Bafana.
“Last week I was made aware that a Kaizer Chiefs player also qualifies to play for South Africa, so the monitoring and profiling has already started,” he told media on Monday.
“So, when we bring him in, we should do so with an understanding of what value he is going to add to the team.
“Everybody who raises his hand to say, ‘I want to play for Bafana Bafana’, we will do the right thing in terms of profiling, assessing and doing the observation needed to bring the player in.
“Because, if you look at him, he has just started with Chiefs and they are now on a good run, which is when you see the best of some of the players playing for the club, and winning also breeds confidence and that’s what we’re seeing with Chiefs.
“So, we will continue profiling and assessing him, like any other player that we feel can add value to the team, but it was very good for him to have raised his hand and say. ‘I’m available. If ever selected – I would be happy to play for South Africa.’
“If ever we have more such players, let them come and say, ‘I’m a South African, I want to play for my country’ then we’ll do the assessment and profiling, and if we’re happy then we’ll bring him in.”