Ntseki Clear In His Stance On Naturalization

South Africa head coach Molefi Ntseki has made it clear that he will not consider the Naturalization of top performing foreigners like Gaston Sirino, Ricardo Nascimento and Samir Nurkovic for BafanaBafana selection for now given the high number of quality youngsters waiting for a chance to represent their country of birth. 

 

“The attention that we are giving is to profile South African players. We must be very careful. Let me make an example about Sirino and Nurkovic," Ntseki told IOL.

 

"Are we giving enough attention to what we have before we can move for a player that has to be naturalized? Are we comparing that player with what we have in the country and giving opportunities to what we have in the country?

 

“If you go to the junior teams, all the junior teams have given our players an opportunity to play for their country. That’s why most of them are playing overseas.

 

"I’m talking about the likes of Lyle Foster, Gift Links, Kabomelo Kodisang, Liam Jordan and Luther Singh. These players played for our junior teams and they are now in the overseas market. 

 

“If we don’t have anybody who can be of a level of the second player, it means we will always be looking into that player. Let’s say we approach a [naturalized] player and we say we are interested in him playing for our country but that has to be done in such a way that the player will be protected and the coach will also be protected.

 

"What will happen if that player doesn’t have a good first game or second game? People will start to say all the negative things about that player. We need to do it properly."