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March 31, 2017
Aces and ysters

PRODIGAL SON: SAs Kermit Erasmus

Bafana talents shine ahead of 2018 chase

Whoever will be the new coach of Bafana Bafana can rest a little easy after seeing the national team over the Fifa break.

Even though Safa are still struggling to tie down the man they want, the job will have become a whole lot more attractive after seeing our boys in action.

Bafana looked exciting in their 3-1 win over Guinea- Bissau and for most of the second half against a defensive Angola side.

All of the credit should go to caretaker coach Owen da Gama and the team management. They have fixed the broken relationships with overseas-based exiles Kermit Erasmus and Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Both players impressed in the win over Guinea-Bissau last Saturday.

France-based striker Erasmus scored and was a constant threat while on the pitch.

FC Twente midfielder Mokotjo must have been the biggest plus. After renouncing his South African citizenship, he was welcomed back into the fold the day before the game.

The way the former SuperSport United player bossed the game was amazing to watch, showing the fans just what we’ve been missing after all that time in Holland.

From the base of midfield, he helped break up play and triggered Bafana’s attack. His transition play gave the team direction and tempo.

The new coach will be thinking that he can build his team around an all-action talent like this.

Up front, we can be encouraged by the attacking combinations we have.

Erasmus linked up well with Keagan Dolly and Thulani Serero as the trio ran riot.

Local-based aces Percy Tau and Lebo Manyama have been on fire in the PSL this season and also showed what they are made of.

Manyama played a deeper role than he is used to playing for Cape Town City, meaning he was less involved in the attack.

The City skipper scooped the PSL Player of the Month award for the third time in a row for his inspirational play this week.

And now he is wanted by Mamelodi Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane and there is interest from China. But he went about his job without playing a headline role for Bafana.

Finally, youngsters Luther Singh and Phakamani Mahlambi can hold their heads high after making their debuts on Tuesday night.

While they didn’t get on the scoresheet or threatened to, their reputations had preceded them enough for the Angolans to set up ultra defensively.

Watch out for the duo when Amajita head to the U20 World Cup in May.

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