Nigerian to represent Bafana?

2010-09-03 11:21

Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Celtic's Prince Olomu says it would be hard for him to turn down the chance of representing Bafana.

The 23-year-old Nigerian-born player has been plying his trade in South Africa since 2006 and will qualify to represent Pitso Mosimane's charges in 2011.

Olomu will meet FIFA requirements next year on residency grounds, although he would also have to apply for South African citizenship, which means he would only be eligible to play for Bafana at the end of next year.

The attacking midfielder has been one of the Premier Soccer League's stand-out performers over the last few seasons and he particularly came to the fore last term when he ended as the league's second highest scorer as he found the back of the net 13 times.

The former El-Kanemi Warriors, Enyimba and Free State Stars player has been overlooked by Nigeria to date and he revealed that he remains optimistic that whoever takes over the Super Eagles coaching role will call him up.

"With the new coach coming in and the performance of the team in the World Cup, it shows that there are a lot of positive chances with me to do well in this present season," he told

However, Olomu says that he would also seriously consider turning out for South Africa if he was called upon.

"Wow, this is a difficult question to answer, but we will see what happens. If the opportunity came, why not?"

Former Manning Rangers and Orlando Pirates midfielder, Clint Larson, who is currently Olomu's coach at Celtic, believes he would be a "valuable asset" to the national set-up.

"Definitely, if you look at local football in general, goalscoring is a problem and if you saw the season he had last season, he knows how to score goals," he added.

"He is very composed when he gets to the box and I think that is an attribute that a lot of strikers in the country like and I think if he was to play for Bafana he would be a valuable asset."

Platinum Stars boss and former Celtic coach Owen da Gama, who brought the best out of Olomu last season, reiterated Larsen's comments and believes he would shine on an international stage.

He said: "I think he knows South African football, he is a very talented player and surely he has the experience and pedigree to play at that level and there is no doubt in my mind he will be able to play at that level for South Africa." 


  • OSBORNE KHANYI - 2010-09-03 12:07

    It will be a shame for South Africa to issue a citizenship to Prince Olomu ( Nigerian) with the sole intention of solving the goal scoring problems we are having in our National team. I think SAFA need to come up with ways and means that will nurture the young and raw talent we are having in the country. We don't need a foreign player to resolve our problems it is incumbent in us, SAFA in particular to ensure that they come up with strategies to address this deficiency.

  • Ipeleng - 2010-09-03 12:14

    Hell No!!! I disagree i'm not a soccer person but it is absolutely wrong after all it is a national team. let south africans play for its country & also nigerians must do the same.

  • OSBORNE KHANYI - 2010-09-03 12:25

    It will be a shame for South Africa to issue a citizenship to Prince Olomu ( Nigerian) with the sole intention of solving the goal scoring problems we are having in our National team. I think SAFA need to come up with ways and means that will nurture the young and raw talent we are having in the country. We don't need a foreign player to resolve our problems it is incumbent in us, SAFA in particular to ensure that they come up with strategies to address this deficiency.

  • Richard Baloyi - 2010-09-03 12:29

    Bafana Bafana is for South Africans not Nigerians for that matter, concentrate on developing our young boys than asking for Nigerians to represent us, if we happen to play nigeria which national anthem will he sing deply from his heart.

  • Larch - 2010-09-03 12:30

    Remember if he complies with FIFA requirements and qualifies for SA citizenship we should see him as an South African and give him an oppertunity (if he's the best). He's been in SA for a long time.

  • Ipeleng - 2010-09-03 12:36

    SAFA PLEASE stop with this tendency of thinking that you could take Bafana Bafana far by taking a nigerian player. there are a lot of south african's who i'm sure would play better than this moegoe.

  • Mac Mac - 2010-09-03 12:40

    Well alll leading naitonal teams have done it. Portugal, Germany, Spain, England so why can't we? If local team do it, why not the national team

  • The Voice of Reason - 2010-09-03 12:53

    I am not a fan of the residency rule on qualification. SAFA will need to ask themselves if they want to be like France and Portugal. Those teams are made up with about half the players born in other countries!

  • Kenneth - 2010-09-03 13:05

    Catch a wake up people. We are lousy football players, we change players, coaches, but we are still lousy, get of the world cup high, if it had not ben played in South Africa we would have all ben pissed about the results. Australia, USA, and most European teams have "nationalised players " in their side, what makes us any better. Certainly not the results. Lets find African Players to boost our own players. Maybe they will realise that they need to perform and get off the gravy train.

  • Nico - 2010-09-03 13:07


  • TA - 2010-09-03 13:07

    Hell no, no, no, no, let groom our youngster, invest the soccer world cup money from FIFA on soccer development, nothing agaisnt Olomu, but no, no,no

  • The Buckman - 2010-09-03 13:08

    Wel germany,france,portugal,brazil,usa just to name a few countries naturalise players.why cant we do it.we live in a global village if he has a south african citizenship that means he is one of us, so he has an obligation to support and help the country in any way he can.

  • Luthando - 2010-09-03 13:11

    The last time I played some competetive football was way back in 2001, however if the country is in such need of strikers; I am more than willing to dust off my boots and put on the Bafana jersey.I am assuming our country has atleast 10 million South African men who who would wear that jersey anytime. Effectively Bafana does not want/need him

  • Dikobe - 2010-09-03 13:11

    that will be a disgrace to SA, there are so many players that are better than him. if wants to be recognized let him go ply his trade at nigeria. we don't need his service nooooooo

  • K-Rich - 2010-09-03 13:13

    We don't need your help we will rather struggle by ourselves!!

  • Thuli - 2010-09-03 13:22

    No,No,No, No, Bafana for Mzansi boys only, I'm also not a soccer surpoter but, Its all about the country's pride and joy.

  • Nicholas - 2010-09-03 13:23

    Let's not act like England and start to appreciate our foreign nationals. We have so many foreign CEO's in our own South African companies and most of them are doing better job than my fellow black South Africans. Zinedine Zidane won the World cup for France in 98 and Klose has been Germany main attack for almost ten years now. If he is good, let him play. In fact, the only way that an African team will ever succeed in any world cup, is if we can have all the players from Africa play in maybe 3 or 4 teams, without this tag called a national team.

  • Kingkaizer - 2010-09-03 13:30

    This should not be allowed to happen. He better represent Nigeria. This is not Europe, France in particular. Or maybe he should go and try for France if he is not good enough to play for his home country. We have enough footballers in this country who are very much better than him.

  • Wesley - 2010-09-03 13:33

    Bafana is such an embarrassment, rather go and play for a real team, like Lesotho under 11

  • Jabulile - 2010-09-03 13:49

    There are a lot of South Africans who can play for Bafana Bafana. Why must Nigerians play for us. Hell no!! Lets develop our young South African boys. This is our National Team

  • 9ja Boy - 2010-09-03 14:00

    I hope there are no Bok supporters who are commenting not wanting the inclusion of this Nigerian in Bafana-they routed and screamed for the inclusion of a Zimbabwean Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira in the Bok squad to play a predominantly 'whitey' sport and now that a Nigerian wants to be included in a so-called 'black' sport of Soccer they are suddenly against that policy-HYPOCRITES !!!

  • Joel - 2010-09-03 14:32

    It`s amazing how there`s always talk of "our african brothers" but as soon as there is a true chance for one of them to do something worth while, `you people` jump on the bandwagon and tell them to go back where they come from!! Shows who the true racists in this country are don`t you think?

  • Layton Buites - 2010-09-03 14:37

    We dont need Palookas. How can we consider someone who isnt even leading goal scorer in the PSL

  • Smith - 2010-09-03 14:38

    We dont need Palookas. How can we consider someone who isnt even leading goal scorer in the PSL

  • @dikobe - 2010-09-03 14:55

    we have had many foreign players (white and black) naturalised and playing for the boks. the Beast (Mtawarira) is a recent case at hand. so whats the big fuss. why cant we do the same in football.

  • Layton Buites - 2010-09-03 14:58

    We dont need Palookas. How can we consider someone who isnt even leading goal scorer in the PSL

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-09-03 15:00

    Why not? Poland, Germany, Portugal. Lots of international teams do it. So why can't we? Deco is a perfect example of this. Not "good" enough for the powerhouse of South America, so he turns out for his adoptive country, Portugal. Olomu is not "good" enough for the Eagles, so if offered the opportunity to play for us, he'll take it. But I'm sure if he could choose, he'll choose to play for Nigeria, same as Deco (probably had to hold on a bit longer and Brazil would have come calling). Who wouldn't want to turn out for their native country, especially if they're a traditionally good footballing nation. I think choosing the lesser national team, just so that you can play international football, shows that you don't have confidence in yourself to make it in your awesome country's side. I like that Rossi, who would walk into the US team, chose to fight it out with some really talented footballers to play for Italy. Shows guts and determination, as well as ambition.

  • Raj - 2010-09-03 15:05

    Didn't KP and Trott come in for serious flack about playing for the Pink Pigs ( the Pommies). And didn't they come in for flack for having half of SA juniours in their team....and now we have geniouses like Kenneth saying lets do it- we have an obligation to the people of this country to develop local talent first! Sorry cant agree with you Kenneth.

  • Rico - 2010-09-03 15:14

    NO! We have much better players than him. Furthermore, if he was so "good" why is he not playing for Nigeria? Crazy, someone knowing some journalist trying to give this guy some headlines. Everyone doing it these days it seems ... eish. The media in general don't realize they are being used for free advertisement.

  • Xenopho-Chuvanism - 2010-09-03 15:21

    Its ok to be patriotic but not Chuvanisticalyy mindless and backward in our modern Global village. If he has citenzinship then your noise and xenophobic ideas will not hold waters. If he was a Greek (light skin) many South Africans wouldn't have a problem with such a move. This is the biggets problem our educational system has to address to remove the EFFECTS of what apartheid and colonialism has left us. See our political leaders can't openly rebuke xenophobia on TV daily (except few like Bishop Tutu, Mandelas etc). Even a light skinned Black South African thinks he/she is MORE South African than a dark skinned South African instead of being ashamed that either his/her grand or great parents might have had an affair with an European settler years back due to oppression.

  • Zolile - 2010-09-03 15:39

    Most of the comments are so primitive here. What is wrong with an African person representing another African land? Look at France, England, Germany, USA, Portugal, etc. These are countries with players from various lands. Why not apply the same principle here? To disqualify an African simply because he was born in territory demarcated by the past regimes is simply childish. The best way would be to allow all those children born here and eligibe to play represent this country. The truth is we are not as talented as we would like to convince ourselves. Stop being delusional people please

  • Koos - 2010-09-03 16:51

    This is a debate that must be considered without emotions. Some African countries are using diaspora players to strengthen their teams and if the trend continues SA might be left behind . SA will only catch up if their development structures can turn out players in large numbers. A lot of Senegal, Cote D'Ivoire , Guinea, Mali, Cameroun and Ghana youth are in acdemies all alround Europe and wintin 8 to 10 years they will be force to reckon with. The example of Dickoson Etuhu, Ashley Ekoto and Kevin Prince Boateng has opened the flood gates for these players. The only solution is for Sa to dominate soccer in the youth set ups to Bafana Bafana until then it will be difficult to dominate African and World Soccer as a force. THe South Americans are competing with the Europeans because they churn out youth players in droves check out Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay so they do not need to fear them. SA nneds a proper development structure or wishes will be horses. France still won SWC 1998 irrespective of who played for them.

  • G - 2010-09-03 18:37

    I honestly do not understand why people would be so fussy about the idea; how different is this guy from the descendants of Jan van Riebeeck (no racism intended)? C'mon guys, people from Europe from are also foreiners. All European-Africans (or should I say unpatriotic European- Africans?) gave themselves their SA citizenship, which is illegal; what is being insinuated about this guy's SA's citinzenship is all by the book. Here we go again being more accommodating to Europeans than Africans. Whenever SA plays any European country these Nigerians support SA whilst all European-Africans who are now being citizens of this country proudly support the European country. Here e go again being more accommodating to Europeans than Africans. Has colonisation gone than deep?

  • Bix - 2010-09-03 21:34

    Great footballing nations hv done it.

  • Sello "Two-Two" Jelle - 2010-09-04 09:32

    @G, wake up and smell the coffee!!! You will not understand - because you are till sleeping. Go and read Anthony Giddens - the Chapter on Nations and Nationalities. (Sociology). I guess you will then understand that Nigerians are not South Africans. There is nothing that makes South Africans to be Nigerians - they have a separate identity as well as South Africans do have...

  • Chidi - 2010-09-04 10:30

    I am a Nigerian and would personally feel angry and insulted if Olomu should play for South Africa. Simply put, South Africans are our enemies. The opinions on this post speak for themselves. I don't think We should have anything to do with South Africans talk less of playing for them. Personally I feel Nigerians should not be living trading or even friendly at all with South Africans (the rape and aids capital of the world).

  • Bukenya Moses Kabiito - 2010-09-04 12:10

    Great Nations have done it. The likes of France en Germany en u can see the fruits. The likes of Germany had like 5 players in the staring line-up and until south africa does that, their football is going down the drain. Mac Mac however ur lying abt spain. Maybe if u can name for me one player. @sello Jele, South Africa doesnt have talent so the only way 2 survive (in football) is to sign some foreigners; Perreira hinted on it

  • Sello "Two-Two" Jelle - 2010-09-04 23:57

    @ Bukenya - it is so obvious that you are a foreigner in South Africa - if you are in South Africa. I must put it to you that your comment is exactly what makes some South Africans angry at African Foreigners - because you are too comfortable in our country hence you can afford to say things that you say(nonesense). I suppose - 'great nations' means your former colonial masters. South Africans are just too kind to Foreigners and yet they say all sorts of rubbish about us who give you space to breathe. Talk about your own countries which are not doing any better at all! By the way - my surname is spelled with a double L. If you cannot even copy what you see - I doubt if you even know what you are talking about! Did you think I do not know how to write my name - because I am South African too?

  • Mpho - 2010-09-05 00:33

    @Chidi, That's great. Your idea to have nothing to do with us will be implimented as soon as you get off our website! Many Nigerians enjoy the comfort of our country and they are welcome, after all, this is the most prograssive country in the whole of Africa...aids and all.

  • Sello "Two-Two" Jelle - 2010-09-05 09:32

    @Chidi - I agree with you 100%... indeed South Africa is a "capital of crime", HIV and all - well thanks to those Nigerian Drug Lords and Fraudsters... Why don't they go back to Lagos? Well, there's nothing for them theree...because Nigerians have destroyed their own country and now they want to do the same with other countries... As far as I am concerned, this is a South African issue - involving a Nigerian. It is not for you Nigerans to say anything...this just goes to show how disrespectful of South Africa's democracy and Human Rights record you are!

  • Lethabo - 2010-09-05 14:47

    Interesting name for Niger kofi Dankwa that is a Ghanaian name. Two Ghanaian players helped Togo qualify to the 2006 WC in Germany. Hope other countries are watching.

  • Letsekang - 2010-09-05 17:11

    A BIG NO NO What rubbish is this we dont need him to ply for our national team whoever came with this stupd idear is taking our country for granted.also Clinton Larsen you are taking shit you can keep him on your celtic you are a fool youself.

  • ken - 2010-09-05 21:15

    My broda, forget about playing for Bafana. You won't even survive the hatred and xenophobia you will encounter in the dressing room, the squad and the fans. It will be so tense that it may cost you your life. Work hard and if you are good enough then move to europe, 9ja press will spot you and you may make the national team.

  • Nomvula - 2010-09-05 23:04

    Yejaha lakithi uyagula noma uphilile la ekhanda. We do not need drug dealers in our successful Bafana bafana team. You must just yake your other brothers and go back home with peace. Shem kona kuyaphupha. No No No!!!

  • Nthlarhi - 2010-09-06 08:53

    I wonder who wrote this article and what was he/she aiming to achieve. A kwere representing RSA in soccer? it stinks really. For those Nigerians who are insulting us for being xenophobic, rapists, aids capital, why are you guys still in this useless country called RSA? Surely your Nigeria is a paradise where all people are health, no crime, No rebels fighting for the Niger Delta, Clean cities, excellent public transport, no corruption, good soccer admnistrators, etc. Talking about biting the hand that feeds you. Now go back to sell your drug consignment for today.

  • ngcobo - 2010-09-06 10:41

    if he takes up SA citizenship, he becomes a South African citizen. He can therefore play if he is selected and is eligible. by the way where was Khumalo of Supersport United born? Swaziland. Yeah and he is aboutto become captain of Bafana Bafana. That is how the world works. TwoGhanains played in opposite sides during the world cup re

  • ngempela - 2010-09-06 11:12

    @chidi, the hillbrow/berea slum dweller, we want ppl like you to help us send all 9ja's back to that slum country called nigeria. you ppl have brought filth to our beautiful cities and towns, don't bring filth to our national team, take your drug dealer player and put him in the nigerian squad.

  • Open minded - 2010-09-06 11:57

    Let me 1st start by saying, almost all your comments are childless people. Why generalise situations and start talking about the drug lords and all unworthy doings of Nigerian people. Just because the guy is from Nigeria doesn't mean that he partakes in those illfull doings. It means that you guys agree to this generic statement which descibes African people as being "stupid", yes "stupid". We are fighting against our own kind and where will this lead us? All of you, you go and read "Capitalist Nigger" and see exactly hoe we classified. We never live to dissapoint all the nasty things that are said about us. Stop judging and grow up. This is not about the poor guy but about your own inferiorities. You can respond and comment as badly as you want to this post, but i think you are short minded and childish...

  • manyukunyuku - 2010-09-06 12:13

    Please people of South Africa lets agree that we have a very big problem in scoring goals. The way he plays is of coarse interesting and i believe he can make it, but he will have to work very hard to get there because even our players are doubted by us. maybe if he score more than 20 this season we will be interested to give him a chance, its all up to him.

  • Nthlarhi @Open minded - 2010-09-06 12:36

    Oh! yes we are short minded and you are open minded. Please take your brother Olumu with you and head straight to the Super chickens squad camp. @ Ngcobo Khumalo was born in Swaziland to south african parents who happened to be in the kingdom in that period. Do some research before you mislead readers. Do you mean that if you were born in USA while your parents were on a vacation there, you'd simply become a Yanky?