Bafana wanted Somma more

2010-11-22 10:00

Johannesburg - Davide Somma's agent has revealed that Pitso Mosimane was desperate to include the striker in his Bafana Bafana squad against USA and was 'very aggressive in pursuing him'.

The 25-year-old Leeds United ace made a promising debut as South Africa went down to a 1-0 defeat against Bob Bradley's side on Wednesday night.

Before the match, the Edenvale-born striker had revealed his determination to 'destroy' the country he moved to when he was 12 after they failed to offer him the opportunity to turn out for Team America.

But Long View Management's Farrukh Quraishi denied that an international career with USA could have been a possibility after Somma's application for citizenship was denied several years ago.

"Davide had been a permanent resident of the US for many years but was denied citizenship when he applied a few years back because he had been out of the country for months at a time," he said.

"If we had known him back then, we would have filed an appeal because we believe it would have been successful.

"We've since had conversations with US Soccer about his being considered for the national team and there was certainly interest, but only if he obtained his US passport."

Quraishi added: "South Africa were very aggressive in pursuing him and had fewer hurdles to overcome than the US, so he decided to play for them.

"For a first match, he was pleased with how it went and hopefully there will be plenty more caps to come in the future." 


  • scott.havemann - 2010-11-22 16:30

    Wow what a seriously over rated player.

  • lungimsp - 2010-11-22 18:17

    so it sounds like we were begging this guy to play for us

      Billy - 2010-11-23 12:26

      Do we have more better strikers to choose from?

      lungimsp - 2010-11-24 09:22

      rather we stick to players that want to play for the country then those that think they are bigger than the country.

  • Arsenefaithful - 2010-11-23 12:31

    scott.havemann Does not know anything about football. So Let's leave that debate there. Somma had a good game, considering the whole Bafana team played one dimensional with limited creativity coming from the midfield. It was his first cap and you can see he has a great first touch.

  • edwin - 2010-12-02 09:35

    They want us to support them but they cant even score a goal pathetic Somma u should never of played for SA you will never win a trophy. and besides how can a guy like that play for SA if he does not even know the first thing about our country.

      vumisa - 2010-12-04 06:43

      The answer to your question is; (I) he has the skill that SA do not have (ii) do you know France won the WC with majority of player coming from Africa? I can mantion from Zidan (from algeria) Marcel, Thuram, just to mention the few. So we don't his skill to evaporate in europe without being effectively utilised in his mother land. Somma will be very useful when we playing against those West African countries, those defenders are big and they need big and quik strikers like Somma, not parker. If you know and love the football game you will notice the will notice that Somma is a good striker, just look at his first touches and first move with the ball.

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