Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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28 Oct 2016
10:25 am

Shakes explains unknown striker’s inclusion

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba has explained the reasons behind the call up of unknown Lars Veldwijk in his team to face Senegal in a 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier on November 12.

Shakes Mashaba, Pic: Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix

The 25-year-old Belgian based striker was a surprise inclusion when Mashaba announced his squad on Thursday morning at a media conference at Safa House.

“We have been monitoring him since he was at Nottingham, he has since moved to Belgium. He is a good striker, big lad, busy in the box… (he) can hold the ball and can score as well. So we felt we needed to bring him in for this camp,” said Mashaba.

Although Veldwijk was born in Netherlands and has never set foot in South Africa, he is eligible to play for Bafana because his father was born here.

Bafana host the Lions of Teranga at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on December 12 and an unnamed opponent three days later in a friendly.