Fanteni hopes for a crack at Tunisia


‘Terror’, as the player is affectionately known, played his heart out against ‘Palancas Negras’, inspiring Bafana Bafana to a well deserved draw.

His two long range strikes showed how far he has come since making his debut for Ajax Cape Town four years ago.

It did not take long for Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira to notice Fanteni’s ability as a striker and he called him to the national team.

However, Fanteni has had to wait for his chance while watching Sibusiso Zuma and Benni McCarthy doing the business upfront.

Parreira’s reluctance to use two strikers also worked against him.

The coach has decided to stick with Surprise Moriri playing alongside Sibusiso Zuma despite the criticism that the system is not bearing any fruit for Bafana Bafana.

However, after the wonderful display by the former Ajax man alongside Zuma the Brazilian coach could be tempted to change his approach against Tunisia.

“It all depends on who the coach wants to do the job on the day. I am happy with the way I played, in fact, I think the team as a whole did very well against Angola. I would love to start on Sunday, but that is really up to the coach to decide.

“Personally, I am excited to be here at the Nations Cup, representing my country. It is very important that I build on Wednesday’s performance. The goalkeeper was brilliant saving almost everything we were throwing at him.

“I am hoping that it will not be long before I hit the back of the net. I am looking forward to making my name in this tournament, but it is not all about me; we need to do well as a team,” says the striker.