COSAFA is a perfect platform to get scouted – Human

5 July 2022 – Representing
your nation is always a perfect platform for one to get scouted and earn a move

This is according to
Bafana Bafana midfielder Rowan Human, who said earning his first call-up to
South Africa’s COSAFA Cup squad was a dream come true for him. The player
further said he intends to make full use of the opportunity, adding  that he still has dreams of earning his second
move abroad one day.

 In October 2020, the
now 21-year old gifted midfielder earned a move to Israeli side Maccabi Tel
Aviv FC on a one-year deal, ten months after playing in the 2019 COSAFA
Under-20 Men’s Championship, where South Africa’s National Under-20’ (Amajita)
side finished second to hosts Zambia.

The Maritzburg United
midfielder also stated that this was one tournament he was not going to take
lightly, as he knows the kind of doors it can potentially open for a player.

“Opportunities for one to
earn a move abroad come when you’re playing for your national team,” Human
said. “Most scouts make the effort to follow all of these international matches
or tournaments and scout the best possible talents that would fit in well in
their respective clubs. It is always important for one to always give it their
best, because you never know who is watching. I intend to do exactly that in
this year’s edition.”

The COSAFA Cup defending
champions are currently in camp in Johannesburg, and will jet off to Durban on
10 July ahead of their first encounter against Mozambique on 13 July at
Princess Magogo Stadium (Kick-off 17h00).

Human said he was looking
forward to the experience, adding that there was already good chemistry between
themselves as players and a solid understanding of what coach Mkhalele wants to
achieve with the team.

“It is always good to
represent your country, regardless of the age group,” said Human, who has nine
Amajita caps under his name. “Some of the players who played in that COSAFA
Men’s Under-20 Championship are also part of this current group of Bafana
Bafana players.  This shows that there’s been growth in our respective
developments and individual careers, and I’m really pleased with that.

“We go into this year’s
tournament as defending champions and there is, what I call, positive pressure
for us to go all the way and defend our title,” Human added. “I have worked
with coach Helman Mkhalele before (at Under-20), and there is a good
understanding between us as players and what he wants us to achieve. We want to
defend our title.”

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