Bafana Bafana

Lakay keen to contribute

2014-10-08 20:00
Fagrie Lakay (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - New Bafana Bafana striker call-up Fagrie Lakay says while he is in the national to learn, he will also raise his hand should he be asked to help the team.

Lakay was one of the youngest player in the Bafana Bafana squad to take on Congo in two matches in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

In the first match, South Africa travel to Congo to face the host nation on Saturday, while the return leg would be played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane next Wednesday.

Lakay was an integral part of the under-20 squad and had been working with coach Shakes Mashaba since his days in the youth ranks.

"The coach is sometimes hard on you when you play for Bafana Bafana. At the lower levels he can be a bit softer but here he pushes you and you can't blame him as we have to get results," said Lakay, who plays for Santos in the National First Division.

The striker became a household name after his two goals helped Amajita qualify for the African Youth Championships to be held in Niger from March next year.

"Obviously it's the senior team, you are playing with the best players in the country," Lakay said.

"I must admit that so far the guys have been very supportive. Every player wants to give a 100 percent and get goals.

"Should I be given a chance to play, I will do my best to assist the national team too."

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa had brushed aside talk that Bafana would have defensive difficulties in the absence of the experienced Anele Ngcongca who pulled out of the squad on Tuesday due to an injury.

"Every player that is here is good enough to represent the nation and I believe whoever gets an opportunity to play will do their best," Meyiwa said.

"We have enough quality to close the gap and with the high team spirit I believe we can get a good result.

"We have to go there with an open mind, defend well and avoid conceding a goal as that will put us at a disadvantage."

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  afcon 2015  |  fagrie lakay  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.