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Jantjie still hopefull of realising Bafana dream

2018-06-12 10:10
Sinethemba Jantjie (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - He may be a late starter to the professional game, but Free State Stars winger Sinethemba Jantjie remains hopeful of donning the national team jersey.

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The now 29-year-old winger played just 12 matches for National First Division side Mbombela United (with whom he had previously campaigned in the Second Division) in the 2015/ 16 season before being snapped up by Free State Stars.

The following campaign saw him featuring in 14 league games, before he went on to play in all but one of Ea Lla Koto's Premiership fixtures last season, chipping in with three goals.

Blessed with blistering pace and skill, Jantjie has proven himself as a game-breaker and it was his charge up field in the Nedbank Cup final against Maritzburg United that led to Goodman Dlamini scoring the winner.

Jantjie however failed to make the cut for the Bafana team which has just done duty in the COSAFA Cup, even though it was a largely a second-string side.

But he has not given up on his dream of representing his country, as he told KickOff magazine: "If I can represent my country, I would be very happy," he said.

"It's nice to represent the country you are from. If I get that chance, I would be happy because I also that opportunity.

"I grew up watching Bafana Bafana when the likes of Benni [McCarthy] and [Steven] Pienaar were playing. I also dreamt of one day playing for the country."

Jantjie has often been linked with a move to one of the big guns of the Absa Premiership in Gauteng, but for now remains a Stars player.

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