Somma scores for Leeds, but too late to sway Igesund

Bafana Bafana coach needed to see more of Somma to select him for the 2013 Afcon squad
Davide Somma was on target for Leeds United on Wednesday, but it was too little too late to sway the thinking of Bafana Bafana national team coach Gordon Igesund.

The striker netted in a 4-2 loss for Leeds at Nottingham Forest, a relief for him after so much time on the sidelines.

Somma has recently returned from 18 months on the sidelines with a knee injury and within just two substitute appearances, has now registered his first goal of the season.

The forward was a much talked about player by Igesund in the early months of the coach’s reign as Bafana boss, and it was clear that he was hoping the player would return in time to be included in his 2013 Africa Cup of Nations plans.

His size, ability to hold up the ball and neat touches to bring teammates into the game were valued under former coach Mosimane and would provide Igesund with something different to what he already has.

But the coach has now made it clear that barring extraordinary circumstances, he will not look outside of the provisional Bafana squad announced earlier this month when he names his final selection on Sunday.

But Igesund’s misfortune over Somma is a big boost for Leeds’ boss Neil Warnock, who is delighted to have the player back in action and will now be able to use him through the busy January/February period.

“Davide had done really well in training,” Warnock says. “We have all these tough games coming up and [Luciano] Becchio cannot play week in, week out; not with the number of games we have got.”

Somma made his Bafana debut against USA in November 2010 and scored his first goal for his country of birth in his next game against Kenya. A serious knee injury in July 2011 has kept him on the sidelines since then.