Nunes is raring to go

2012-10-13 19:56

First mission is the national anthem

If Ricardo Nunes – who made his Bafana Bafana debut against Poland on Friday – were to sing South Africa’s national anthem, he would butcher it more than a certain Ras Dumisani.

The 26-year-old new Bafana left-back admitted he didn’t know the national anthem, but said he will make it his first mission to learn the words so that he can join in the singing in the future.

“Only the last part is English. It sounds good, but I don’t understand. But I like the Bafana strip. It looks good on me,” he chuckled.

“I am still learning to know all the names of the players. Before I came here, I knew (Siphiwe) Tshabalala, Dino (Ndlovu), (Moeneeb) Josephs and Dean Furman.”

Born in Johannesburg in 1986, Nunes left for Portugal when he was eight years old and hasn’t set foot in South Africa since.

He has represented Portugal at youth level, but is eligible to play for Bafana.

The Slovakia-based defender is the latest recruit after Furman – midfielder for English League One club Oldham Athletic – who made his debut against Brazil last month.

Nunes said he was happy with the Bafana set-up and the resounding welcome he received from the players.

“It was unbelievable,” he gushed. “Everybody wanted to know a bit about my history and my club. It was good to finally meet the players.”

He joined his team-mates on Tuesday and immediately got down to business and left a lasting impression on the Bafana technical team.

Coach Gordon Igesund could not stop singing his praises as his accurate free kicks caused all sorts of problems. This showed on Friday when one of his well-swept-in free kicks was just headed wide by midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi.

“I just hope he produces the same performances I have seen on videos,” said Igesund about Nunes. “He will give the team more options when attacking, but the challenge is to win set pieces so he can whip them in.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.