Lakay makes Olympics admission

SA National Teams

Bafana Bafana's youngest ever debutant Fagrie Lakay is dreaming of representing the nation at the upcoming 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.

Lakay, 23, looks poised to take his career to new heights after being signed on a permanent deal with Cape Town City after his loan from the now-defunct Bidvest Wits expired at the end of the 2019/20 season.

Touted as a direct replacement for Kermit Erasmus, the robust forward who made his senior national team debut under Shakes Mashaba in November 2014 at the age of 17 years 05 months 30 days is ready to fulfil his potential.

Currently, with the U-23 national team that travelled to Saudi Arabia this week for a double-header friendly, Lakay admits it's been a real boost for his confidence to be amongst the national set-up again.

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"It feels great to be back in the national setup, I must be honest," Lakay said ahead of their second clash after scoring in the 3-2 defeat over the weekend.

"There are a whole lot of players who would love to be here and I am truly grateful for this opportunity. I would like to thank coach David Notoane for giving the platform to showcase what I can offer to the team moving forward.

"I have been in both the Under-17 and Under-20 setups, however, never got the opportunity to represent my nation at a major tournament because of injuries. I just want to continue working really hard and hopefully earn my place in the final Olympic squad. That is my dream."

The Santos academy graduate scored three goals and registered two assists in 18 starts across all competitions for the Citizens last season.

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