Bafana Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane has assured South Africans he is keeping tabs on Matthew Pattison.The in-form Mamelodi Sundowns defensive midfielder has continued where he left off last season, winning a couple of Man of the Match awards, against Moroka Swallows on August 28 at the Lucas 'Masterpieces' Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville and against Santos in Cape Town on September 22.
The calls for his inclusion to the Bafana Bafana team are louder than ever before and Mosimane, who named his squad for Sierra Leone, snubbing Pattison yet again, says he is well-aware of the midfielder's exploits.
However, Mosimane says his hands are tied at the moment as the players in Pattison's position haven't let the country down yet.
"Matthew Pattison is playing very well, but it is not easy for me (to include him), because players such as Thanduyise Khuboni and Reneilwe Letsholonyane have been playing well. I'm not sabotaging Matthew Pattison… I like him, he is a good player and he has been doing very well. I called Khuboni because he's been playing in our past few games and I can't just change… so please, I'm fully aware of these players," said 'Jingles', according to Kickoff.com.
Mosimane added that the South African-born striker, Davide Somma, currently in hot form for English Championship side Leeds United, banging in a brace against Preston North over the weekend to take his season tally to six goals, is on his radar too.
"We have good players playing in Europe and we have other players that we haven't called up. There is a striker who is constantly scoring goals, Davide Somma. He is busy scoring and I'm monitoring that. I'm monitoring whether he can add value to our team… it is not because he plays overseas," said Mosimane, who mentioned he is planning a trip to Europe to take a closer look at some of these players, pending SAFA's approval of the trip.
Mosimane further clarified why Kagisho Dikgacoi has been out in the cold. Dikgacoi wasn't called up for the Niger match and again he is missing out on the trip to Sierra Leone.
"Kagisho is not fully fit, we could have brought him but I believe I can't go to Freetown with a player who hasn't played a game," he said.
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