Absa Premiership

Daniels deserves call up - Igesund

2015-06-12 11:05
Clayton Daniels (Supplied)

Cape Town - SuperSport United coach Gordon Igesund says the only change he made to Clayton Daniels' style of play was to tell him to 'keep it simple'.

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The 30-year-old defender has forced his way back into the Bafana Bafana squad after an impressive season with Igesund at United.

Surprisingly enough, Daniels has been overlooked by the national team selectors on numerous occasions earlier in his career, during his days at Ajax Cape Town, even when it was obvious that he was one of the best central defenders in the league at the time and even underwent a series of European trials.

His move to Matsatsantsa from Mamelodi Sundowns has seen the Cape Town-born defender fight his way into the Bafana setup for Saturday's opening 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Gambia.

"You know what thing about Clayton is that he is a really good, tough defender," Igesund told Football411.com.

"He's really strong, big and really hard and he's good both in the air and with his feet.

"But what I did with him was just tell him to keep it simple. Play easy and don't get over confident.

"We are a team that likes to play and so we needed to be able to help us initiate play from the back since he's good with the ball at his feet.

"Keeping it easy has also helped him with his body positioning, he's at the right place at the right times and that's one aspect that his game has vastly improved on.

"And he's deservedly in the national team."

Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba labelled Daniels a 'tiger' after his impressive showing at the COSAFA Cup.

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