Kobamelo Kodisang’s former coach at Platinum Stars has explained why it is vital for the SC Braga midfielder to remain in Europe amid interest from the Soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs.
The 22-year-old penned a two-year contract extension at the Primeira Liga club in Portgual but was not included in the first-team squad for the 2022/23 season with indications that he might be loaned out or stay with the Braga B team.
Amakhosi are keeping a close eye on Kodisang’s situation as they are eager to bring him on board for the new season on loan as Braga doesn’t want to let him go permanently.
However, Cavin Johnson believes it would be in the player’s best interest to fight it out at Braga or be loaned out to a club in Europe.
Kodisang has already started training for the new season with Braga's B side as he was excluded from the first team’s plans for pre-season, with a loan move on the cards.
“I always try to teach Kodisang that you have an opportunity to go overseas, take it, and he has been there for a while now at Braga. He has grown a bit, but naturally, he is an exceptional player, level-minded,” Johnson told the Siya crew.
“He played well for Braga B side in Portugal, and he even got a chance to play in the first team. I know the boy is pushing very hard, and I always encourage players to stay in Europe, try and stay there as long as you can; he is only 22, and he is likely to get seen by more people.
“My advice to Kodisang is to stay in Europe and prove himself, I think he’s got a lot to prove, he is still young, and South Africa will see him soon, but for now, I suggest he remains in Europe, 'stay there my boy, don’t close the door and make a name for yourself'.
“If they [Braga] want to loan him out, let it be a team in Europe as there is more exposure, there is talent identification,” concluded the former Al Ahly assistant coach.
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