Somma to don Bafana jersey?
Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane has dropped the strongest hint yet that Davide Somma will be included in the next South Africa squad.
According to Lucas Radebe, Somma is eager to don the Bafana Bafana jersey and Mosimane has revealed that the Leeds striker could be a part of his plans for the upcoming Nelson Mandela Challenge against the USA on November 17.
Jingles travelled to Europe last week to gather reconnaissance on South Africans playing abroad.
"The main purpose of the trip was to go watch as many players as possible, including Somma, but I heard that he won't be playing this past weekend so I ended up not going to England," said the Bafana boss.
"This is one of the many visits we will be making to watch our players abroad. This time I had a punishing schedule and only ended up watching two matches.
"I would have loved to stay and watch more players but I had to come back to prepare for the Nelson Mandela Challenge match against the USA in two weeks time.
"Having not seen Somma in action does not mean he is out of contention for the friendly in Cape Town, I might bring him down to have a closer look at him, but that is something I am still discussing with my technical team. Time and schedule permitting, I will go back and watch more players because it's important to visit these players abroad and not just wait for them to come to Bafana Bafana," added Mosimane.
Somma, 25, is also eligible to play for Italy through his parentage and could also represent USA having moved to Florida as a 12-year-old.
But it seems likely that he will be drafted into the South African set-up sooner rather than later.
Although Mosimane did not travel to England, he spent time in Belgium were he had a look at Siboniso Gaxa, Daylon Claasen, Lance Davids and Anele Ngcongca.
Gaxa, Claasen and Davids all play for Lierse and Mosimane was in the stands when the club drew 2-2 with Uepen on Saturday.
On Sunday Mosimane was again a spectator when defender Ngcongca's Racing Genk lost 2-1 at home to Anderlecht.
"I was impressed to see that all guys played, not only that but also the fact that they played 90 minutes each. It is encouraging to see our players taking the field regularly as it keeps them in tip top condition when they come to the national team. In the case of Ngcongca he is playing for a big team, and I was able to speak to some people from his club and they are impressed with him. They want to keep him longer, and that is great news," said the Bafana coach.