Ricardo Schutte, who yesterday put pen to paper on a new deal in Spain, is yet another player abroad who is eligible for a Bafana Bafana call-up.
According to his agent Joao Filipe, the 22-year-old striker has been approved for a South African passport and expects to have one by next month (depending on how quickly the embassy process takes) following his move from Rivo Ave in Portugal to CD Mirandes in the La Liga 2 – the second tier in Spain.
“Schutte was born in South Africa. His father was South African and his mother has double citizenship (her parents are Portuguese and South African). They went to Madeira Island, where his grandparents are originally from, when he was only two-years-old and signed for FC Porto when he was 11-years-old. Then he joined the Rio Ave youth team when he was 15,” Filipe explained to the Siya crew.
On Monday, Schutte flew to Spain to complete his one-year deal with Mirandes’ first team ahead of the new campaign next month having spent two seasons at Rio Ave, playing 55 matches for the U23 side and scoring 19 goals.
The lanky forward also made his debut for Rio Ave’s first team and played twice for the first team – one match in the Europa League and another in the Primeira Liga.
He views the move to La Liga 2 as a step up and one that will hopefully also put him on Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki’s radar.
“The Spanish second league is very competitive and they believe they can fight for the play-off positions. He is focused on working hard to take the best out of this opportunity. Individually, Schutte wants to prove his value and show himself in professional football so he can have the opportunity to represent South Africa national team,” said his representative.
Story by @superjourno
For a glimpse of Schutte, watch the video below