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‘Good Enough In England, But Not For SA’

How SA Starlet Almost Gave Up

by Mazola Molefe

Jul 06, 2019 11:27 AM

Tags: SAFA Danny Jordaan Nikola Tavares Bafana Bafana AFCON 2019 David Notoane Stuart Baxter

SAFA president Danny Jordaan has revealed how South African-born defender Nikola Tavares nearly gave up his dream to play for Bafana Bafana.

With Croatia also keen to lure him to their national team, the 20-year old Crystal Palace right back was disheartened when he wasn’t selected for the first ever Olympic qualifier by under-23 coach David Notoane.

Read: How European Duo Can Play For Bafana 

Notoane had named a provisional squad for the Tokyo 2020 qualifier against Angola in March, but there was no sight of highly rated Tavares.

“He thought if he is not selected for the under-23 team, will he even be considered for the senior team,” Jordaan explained to journalists.

“They were basically saying he is not good enough for the under-23, that is how as a player he was seeing it. He is a young boy and he has got his own doubts. But he is good enough in England, but not for South Africa? In Croatia they were telling him leave those people, here is your passport come play for us.”

Jordaan has confirmed that he will personally go to the embassy in London in an attempt to secure a birth certificate for Tavares that will in turn allow him to apply for a South African passport.

The player was unable to join Bafana coach Stuart Baxter’s provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations a month ago because he did not have a passport proving that he was born in South Africa.  

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Jul 07, 2019 11:55 AM

Hey maan nawe editor sukuza neminqundu efana no Jordan xa ungenanto

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Jul 07, 2019 03:23 AM

March we in July what were you wanting for? Clearly you don't need him.☹️☹️☹️☹️?

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Jul 06, 2019 08:04 PM

If Jordan knew about him by March thsis year, then why did they have to wait until June to apply for a Visa for him? Why didnt Jordan do this early? We could have selected this guy for Afcon, and groom him for the future.

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