Mugeyi backs Fanteni to shine

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The ex-Zimbabwe international says the Cape Town-born player, who he is confident will get game-time at the tournament, has picked up his form at a crucial stage of the season, just in time for the biennial tournament and his impending move to Israel.

Fanteni has netted seven goals so far this season and is third in the Absa Premiership scoring charts. He interestingly has a few things in common with Mugeyi, in that the Zimbabwean also shone in the colours of Ajax and Maccabi Haifa, and participated at the Nations Cup.

“I think ‘Terror’ has picked form at the right time with the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations just around the corner. I think he will be the player to watch,” says Mugeyi, who represented his homeland in its debut appearance at the continental showpiece in Tunisia in 2004.

Fanteni is one of three Urban Warriors players – Bryce Moon and Brett Evans are the others – that are headed for Ghana under the mentorship of national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.

Ajax’s top goalscorer will be joining his Israeli club after the tournament when the January transfer window period opens. This follows recent trials in which he impressed Haifa’s technical staff.

Despite his excellent club form, Fanteni is still waiting to break his duck in Bafana Bafana colours six caps into his national team career. Beware then, the defences of Angola, Senegal and Tunisia, who South Africa meet in Group D at the Nations Cup finals.