Kermit Erasmus’s perceived propensity to be a star player weighed against Stuart Baxter picking the in-form Cape Town City forward for Bafana Bafana’s huge Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya in Tunisia. SA need a draw against Libya in Sfax on March 24 to qualify for Egypt 2019 in June and July, while Libya need a win. Bafana coach Baxter said he certainly had Erasmus‚ who has scored three goals in three Premiership games for City‚ in mind for his squad‚ but opted in the end not to select the former Orlando Pirates and Rennes forward.

“I had a long conversation with his coach‚ Benni McCarthy. I’ve been in touch with Kermit for a while. I went down to Cape Town to watch him play against Swedish team Hacken [in a friendly on February 5], because I wanted to see some of the Cape Town players against international opposition, how they would cope with that. “And Kermit came in as a substitute and did exceptionally well for 20 minutes. So he showed that he does have that...

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