Patosi next on Bafana radar after excellent scoring form in Belgium

Belgian-based midfielder is likely to get call up for Zambia game

Ayanda Patosi is likely to be the next new call-up that Gordon Igesund makes as the youngster from Khayalitsha in Cape Town continues to make waves in Europe.

Patosi is the only high profile South African at an overseas club who is yet to get a call-up from the new Bafana Bafana coach but that is expected to end when Igesund next week names his squad for the November 14 meeting with African champions Zambia.

Patosi has made it difficult for Igesund, who said at the start of his reign he would pick in-form players for national duty, to ignore his claims.

Patosi scored on his 20th birthday on Wednesday for Lokeren in the Belgian league, a second goal in successive games out of midfield for the diminutive player.

Afterwards he told Belgian reporter: “The national team? We shall see. That is a dream that will hopefully be realised.”

Of all of South Africa’s foreign-based players, he has shown the most progress in recent times.

But Lokeren have made sure they have brought him on slowly, confining him in his debut season to mostly substitute appearances to gain experience but now, in his second season at the club giving him a regular berth in the starting line-up.

“My teammates keep telling me to take it easy. They make sure I keep my feet on the ground,” added Patosi.

The South African Football Association have yet to name the date for the squad for the Nelson Mandela Challenge match against Zambia, but it is expected late next week. It is being played at Soccer City in Johannesburg.