After spending the international break with the South African Under-23 side, Cape Town City forward Fagrie Lakay is raring to go against Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.
The two DSTV Premiership sides will clash at the Cape Town Stadium, and Lakay says that they will have to be at their best to beat a confident Celtic side.
Lakay says it felt good to be back at training with City ahead of the game.
“Good to be back, back home with my family, the Citizens, I missed the boys a lot.”
“It’s obviously not going to be an easy game against Celtic. They have a lot of confidence at the moment as well, since they got into the final. But we are well aware that it’s not going to be an easy game, but we’re going to give it our all.”
While Lakay was a regular junior international at under-17 and under-20 level, injuries had derailed his opportunities with the under-23 side, but he was happy to be back for the friendlies against Saudi Arabia.
Lakay made his professional debut as a 15 year old for Santos back in the 2012/2013 season. In 2015 he moved to SuperSport United but struggled to cement a place in the first team. He spent part of the 2017/2018 season on loan at Ajax Cape Town. In 2019 he joined Bidvest Wits, before signing for City at the start of last season.
He says he is delighted to be back in the national fold, and while they lost and drew in the two games against the Saudis, he felt they took away more positives than negatives from the experience.
“Yah, it feels good to be selected for the national team, it’s always an honour and a privilege to play for the country because there are a lot of youngsters out there who would love that opportunity.”
“It feels good to be representing the national team again, and in terms of the two games, I think it was a good experience, more positives than negatives to take from the games. It’s always good to play against other countries and other players.
Lakay was on the scoresheet for David Notoane’s side in the first game as South Africa lost 3-2. They drew the second match 1-1.