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Another SA player stars abroad

2010-11-23 12:58

Johannesburg - Just when Pitso Mosimane had resolved the Davide Somma issue, selecting the English Championship-based striker for his first Bafana Bafana cap against the USA, he finds himself in the same boat again.

The Bafana Bafana coach may soon find himself inundated with requests to take another look at a South African born player plying his trade in the Championship.

24-year-old Johannesburg born midfielder Andrew Surman made his return to action for Norwich City last weekend after a lengthy injury absence.

Rushed back from the treatment table to help the Canaries out of an injury fix, he played 63 minutes in their draw with Somma's Leeds.

That brief cameo had Norwich fans in a tizzy, waxing lyrical about his battling qualities in the midfield.

Having transferred to Norwich from Wolves, insiders at the Norfolk club believe that Surman is their one player with more than enough potential to make it in the top flight.

Surman is desperate to make an impact for his team as they harbour intentions of promotion to the Premier League, and was happy to make his return to action.

“Obviously it’s quite soon since I have been back from my injury, but in my own head I wanted to be back in the team as quickly as I could, so when the opportunity came along today it was great for me," he told EDP24.co.uk.

“I hate watching games,” he added regarding his time out. “I feel like I’ve played after watching games. But it’s been a good start. We have put ourselves in a good position near the top and have found ourselves looking up rather than down.” 

Soccer Laduma

Comments
  • Lunga - 2010-11-23 13:08

    There's also Dean Furman at Oldham, Jonathan Greenfield in the US lower leagues, May Mahlangu in Sweden, Burton O'Brien, former Scottish U21 international, Jonathan Richter, who might be singing Waltzing Matilda at International level soon, and Paul Byrne. Well... take your pick Pitso.

      Neille - 2010-11-23 14:04

      You seem to know a bit about these guys. what can you tell us about them? positions; quality; age .... does Pitso know about them ?

      AjaxFiko - 2010-11-23 14:33

      Lunga, Didn't I see a pic of this boy wearing the English u21 jersey? Is he elligible to play?

      Lunga - 2010-11-23 15:09

      Furman, 22 - Midfielder, Chelsea youth product. Pretty decent Greenfield, 28 - Defender, left the country after not making in the PSL. Plays in the US lower leagues. May Mahlangu, 21, midfielder playing in Sweden. Burton is an old war horse. Carlos tried to go for him, but was persuaded otherwise by Pitso. Doubt he'll go after him. Spent three years on the books of Blackburn without getting a game.

  • smanga - 2010-11-23 13:13

    Good news

      Michael - 2010-11-23 15:42

      2nd tht.

  • chucky - 2010-11-23 13:13

    useless article! where was he born? when did he leave SA?

      Lunga - 2010-11-23 13:18

      That's what Google and Wikipedia are for chucky. If you want to know, then go to http://www.google.co.za or http://www.wikipedia.org

      JustinD - 2010-11-23 13:40

      Dummy

      chucky - 2010-11-23 14:06

      @ JustinD and Lunga... i guess the editor got my point! if the two of you are use to sub-standard service, don't expect everyone else to be, i expect an article to be complete with information and don't want to run around putting pieces together.

  • inhlanzi - 2010-11-23 13:35

    2 white players in the Bafana Bafana team, don't think Ms Ramos would be happy with that.

      Sechaba - 2010-11-23 14:23

      we have Matthew Booth, Davide Somma, Mattews Pattison. Maybe Surman will be the fourth.

      schjus008 - 2010-11-23 14:42

      Wow yeah that would be strange. wonder what they would say if we had 6? Oh quiet they may realize and change their minds

      Michael - 2010-11-23 15:40

      HOw stupid can yall b @ tyms..this aint abt race...its abt the talent we hv thts scattered al around de world. WE NEED IT..whether it be a blue, black,yellow, pink, white, or purple player...it duznt matter. We nid as much talent coupled wit experience 2 hv Bafana reachin the peak they once did in '96

  • veebot - 2010-11-23 13:41

    i like i like...with all this talnt emerging - particularly from the UK - we can only look forward to bigger and better things!

  • Goblin11 - 2010-11-23 13:58

    I am suprised SAFA have not pursued options like these in the past more vigorously. Soccer is the one global sport, look at most teams, hardly any players plying thier trade in thier home country or even living there. Checked out May Mahlangu has he been considered for Bafana before?

  • pathasane - 2010-11-23 13:59

    stupid chuuky

  • AjaxFiko - 2010-11-23 14:33

    Lunga, Didn't I see a pic of this boy wearing the English u21 jersey? Is he elligible to play?

      Lunga - 2010-11-23 16:17

      If you hold dual citizenship while junior footy, you're free to choose at senior level. Giggs played u15 and u16 for England, but chose Wales. Cahill player u17 football for Samoa, but plays for Aus. Mikel Arteta on the other hand did not hold dual citizenship when he played for the junior Spanish team, so, he can have as many passports as he likes, the only team he is allowed to play for is Spain... Let's see him try to break the midfield of Xavi, Iniesta, Alonso, Besquets, and Fabregas.

  • schjus008 - 2010-11-23 14:45

    It is amazing how we all suddenly a Bafana Bafana supporter! The world cup may well have been worth the cost! We all behind the boys and filled CT Stadium. We should keep that atmosphere going even if we lose. We build hope and players will start beleiveing and playing for SA again!

  • BulkLand.com - 2010-11-23 15:47

    Yeah, you bladie agents, we need quotas in soccer, Bafana is too black.....lol

  • Martha - 2010-11-23 15:49

    dan leigh BORMAN-plays for the new york red bulls along with thierry henry and rafael marques! not mentioned once before...unfortunate

  • Armchair Coa - 2010-11-23 16:36

    Article is useless and poorly done, don't whether to blame it on Soccer Laduma or Sport24. The article is as horribly as the Deans article. The solution to SA football is development. We need to have proper structures in SA developing youngsters and not relying on the foreign clubs doing it for us.

  • Armchair Coa - 2010-11-23 16:37

    Article is useless and poorly done, don't know whether to blame it on Soccer Laduma or Sport24. The article is as horribly as the Deans article. The solution to SA football is development. We need to have proper structures in SA developing youngsters and not relying on the foreign clubs doing it for us.

  • Michele - 2010-11-23 21:16

    I hate to bring up race in any sport because it really irritates my gills, but why are these young white guys having to go overseas to get recognition, our own lousy psl should be picking these guys up at shool level already and offering contracts to develop them, oh i forgot s.a soccer is only about enriching administrators and nothing to do with actual football !! its disgusting that we lose these guys from our own league .

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