Exclusive: Nunes ready to answer Bafana call

Ricardo Nunes. Picture: Supplied.
MSK Zilina Sporting Director Karol Belanik tells EWN Sport, Portugese left-back Ricardo Nunes would welcome a call-up to the South African National Football team.
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Portugese left-back Ricardo Nunes would welcome a call-up to the South African National Football team, his club has exclusively told EWN Sport.

The 26 year old left-back currently plays for MSK Zilina in Slovakia.

The club’s sporting director Karol Belanik, told EWN Sport on Thursday: “I spoke to Ricardo maybe 2 weeks ago about the possibility to play for your national tam, South Africa. He was a little bit surprised, but positively surprised.

“He wants to play for a national team and I think everything will be okay for the future. We (MSK Zilina) don’t have any problem with releasing him.”

He was born in Johannesburg before moving to Portugal as a youngster where he was involved in Benfica’s youth set-up.

Since then he’s represented a number of clubs in Portugal and Cyprus before moving to Zilina on a 2 and a half year contract in January 2011. Nunes could earn a call-up as early as next month as Bafana Bafana play Poland on October 12 in an international friendly.

Coach Gordon Igesund has said that he’s monitoring a number of players who have been based in Europe for an extended period and who might be eligible for the national team. He would be looking to include those in the upcoming friendly internationals.