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Bafana & Stuart Baxter May Struggle To Land Panagiotis Retsos

By Soccer Laduma - Aug 11, 2017 11:20 AM
Stuart Baxter and Bafana Bafana will face a fight on their hands if they’re to persuade talented teenager, Panagiotis Retsos, to align himself with the South African national team.
 
 
The 19-year-old, who has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar at Arsenal for some time, has represented Greece at many youth levels following his climb up the ranks at Olympiacos, and this week was reportedly subject of a bid from Bundesliga outfit, Bayer Leverkusen. Tottenham Hotspur are also thought to have scouted him.
 
Baxter recently flew in to Europe to meet up with current and potential Bafana players, and while things appear to be promising regarding Joel Untersee – a South African-born Swiss youth international – Greece seem to be intent on making sure Retsos aligns with them.
 
Untersee, a reported target for Hellas Verona, is already 23 and, because he still hasn’t played for the Swiss senior team, Baxter could be successful in persuading him to come on board to help Bafana’s efforts to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
 
Sources in Greece, however, have suggested that the Greek Football Association are prepared to fight tooth and nail to make sure that Retsos represents them, and he was even called up to their last World Cup qualifier in June.
 
The centre back, who turned 19 on Wednesday, is likely to have to make his choice this month as Greece face Estonia on August 31st and Bafana face Cape Verde the following day.
 

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Farmer89 Joined: 03 Aug 2017
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Farmer89 Aug 16, 2017 08:48 AM
get our boys back home so as the land hahahahahaha
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mbixane Joined: 04 Dec 2014
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mbixane Aug 15, 2017 05:39 PM
Where is Pierre Issa and all the boys whom were brought by Gordon Igesund as long lost South Africans and even GI son
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MADSPURS Aug 13, 2017 01:45 AM
Bring our boys back
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afrikaanse Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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afrikaanse Aug 11, 2017 09:30 PM
We really need top defenders if Utersee join us it will be great but for young man Retsos i dont think its possible
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Matupa11 Joined: 12 Jul 2017
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Matupa11 Aug 11, 2017 05:26 PM
Dont think Retsos will commit, Greece have a quality squad compare to bafana.Great effit from baxter tho. bafana needs defenders who plays at higher level dat have european xperiens nd technically strong when it comes to big encounterz becoz if we take a team to a world cup which iz unlikely our players will suffer.Utersee nd Retsos along wit the likes of coetzee,mathoho,hlatswayo,gord inho Bafana can be compatitive again top teams. if 80% of Bafana players can play in the top 8 rank leagues nd play Uefa n European champions we be the top rAnk african country nd be a force in football.
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Matupa11 Aug 11, 2017 05:25 PM
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Binda_Bucks1 Aug 11, 2017 05:12 PM
Hmm
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zedada Joined: 05 Feb 2014
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zedada Aug 11, 2017 04:18 PM
Ok Mr Coach.
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lecybah@gmail.com Aug 11, 2017 03:51 PM
We need that quality in S.A not the Gcabas
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nobleG Joined: 01 Feb 2016
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nobleG Aug 11, 2017 03:26 PM
Baxter seems very serious about his job, previous coaches never did this. they only 4cus to these lazy cows who are playing in psl. I like what you do Baxter, keep it up Madala
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quiero Aug 11, 2017 02:01 PM
Mxm defensive player, we have lots of them we only thin upfront
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Ruud-Krol-Reloaded Aug 11, 2017 01:57 PM
What fight are you talking about cowditor? The boy will decide which country he wants to represent.
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Dangerous when provoked Joined: 27 Oct 2016
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Dangerous when provoked Aug 11, 2017 01:53 PM
As much as we have galore talent especially deep in rural areas, i have no problem with such players as long as they are willing to play for us.
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truganjaman Aug 11, 2017 01:35 PM
Bring back our boys....
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Mtwesi Joined: 17 Aug 2016
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Mtwesi Aug 11, 2017 01:08 PM
This one is our player, a south African player I can see the way he kick the ball .. look!!!! Baxter fly back with him please . arsenal must release him , he will come back Monday or Tuesday
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Lets Talk Football Aug 11, 2017 12:46 PM
Aaaaahhhhh come on we've started this thing of prodigal player hunting again now. We've tried but it never brought about any wowing change but hey we are a desperate national team aren't we?
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kgotso kgatla Aug 11, 2017 12:40 PM
Who can forget tje squad under GI with 60% of whities,abo furman,nunes etc
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Pmblanie_waMaritzburgUntd Aug 11, 2017 12:36 PM
He wll choose Greece fr sure the SOUTH AFRICA futball Association is ran by bunch of lazy losers who think for them self only n dr families
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yamkeliano Aug 11, 2017 12:17 PM
Bring the boy home Sir Baxter, we need more white players in bafana so we ll prosper, remember the 1996 nd 1998 generation was a combination of all S.A race.
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Shine Tc Aug 11, 2017 12:05 PM
Only wish he was a striker. Defense wise we are okay

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