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Bafana Bafana debutants happy to earn their caps

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund kept his word of introducing several youngsters into the national team fold to prepare for the future.

Daylon Claasen (23yrs), Siyanda Xulu (21yrs) and Sibusiso Vilakazi (23) all were thrown into the deep end and came out with flying colours.

In the second half he also introduced two more new caps – Ayanda Patosi (21) and Kgosi Ntlhe (19).

There was also Bongani Zungu (21), Tokelo Rantie (23) and Kermit Erasmus (23).

It was the first time Vilakazi was called up into the national team and at the end of 90 minutes; the Bidvest Wits captain was all smiles.

“It was very challenging, the atmosphere was excellent and I really enjoyed it. The level is very different from what I am accustomed to. I think for my first game I did well. I was very excited to see my name in the starting line-up. I could not believe it,” said Vilakazi.

“I really hope to get another chance because I loved every minute of it. It was a tough match, and I am well aware that I should have scored. But what I am happy with is that I managed to get into a scoring position and I am hoping to improve on that.”

Ntlhe came on in the second half to replace Tsepo Masilela. He has been called before into the national team but never got a chance to play.

“It was a good experience getting my first cap. I was at first scared, it was really nerve wrecking. The match was a very fast-paced; you could see most of Moroccan players have experience.

“I still have a long way to go, so I will keep on learning everyday and every time I get a chance,” said Ntlhe who plays his club football in England at Peterborough FC.

Belgium-based Patosi who was called up in December last year shortly before the announcement of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad but suffered an injury before he joined the squad was also excited at the outing in Morocco.

“I feel really good after I finally played for my country for the first time. I have been looking forward to this moment. And to earn my first cap in such a match is just incredible.

“I am glad we got this kind of result even though we could have easily won,” said Patosi.

“As for my performance, I think I did well under the circumstances. But I need to improve because I believe I should have attacked more. That is my strength.“-www.safa.net

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