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Rayners Reacts To Bafana Call-Up

Stellenbosch FC forward Iqraam Rayners is hoping to impress with Bafana Bafana later this month, but his first focus is on helping his team reach the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals.

Rayners was included by coach Hugo Broos in his final 23-man squad for fixtures against Andorra and Algeria, and while the 28-year-old has five caps for his country, this will be the first time with the main squad, and working with coach Broos.

However, before joining up with the rest of the Bafana squad, Rayners says he is focussed on Friday’s cup game in Durban against Milford, and wants to join the national team squad on a high.

“I just want to try my best on Friday night in trying to help the team going to the next round,” Rayners said.

“And ja, then I can focus on the Bafana Bafana game the Sunday.

“Ja, and I am happy to be there now. So I’ll keep on focusing, keep on doing the best first by my team and then focus on the national team.”

Rayners was on standby for the AFCON, but says that while disappointed to not be there, he was just focussed on doing his best.

“Ja, I was disappointed a bit, but what can I do, I keep on pushing, keep on doing my best by my team first and then whatever happens, it’s a good opportunity for me,” he continued.

He is looking forward to playing with the main squad and is expecting a different experience to when he was with the COSAFA squad last year.

“Ja, in the Cosafa it was players more that did not play by their teams,” he said.

“And we just try and do our best and may impress maybe the coach of Bafana and ja, that’s how it worked out for us.”

Stellenbosch coach Steve Barker said Rayners’ call-up was well deserved.

“I’m very pleased for him because I think he showed consistency since 2023 with the number of goals he scored,” Barker said.

“So I think it’s a long overdue call-up.”

Meanwhile, Stellies midfielder, Jayden Adams who was a bronze medalist at the AFCON admits he is disappointed to miss out on selection this time due to injury, and he is also disappointed to not be able to play against Milford.

“Ja, I am disappointed,” Adams told iDiski Times.

“I think the injury, it’s hard work to get back.

“So for me, personally, I need to work harder now. Because the injury it’s not a bad injury. But you need to work hard. So ja.”

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.