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Davids looking forward to meeting Bartlett 25/03/04
Lance Davids' inclusion in the Bafana Bafana team has taken many soccer fans in this country by surprise. SASoccer365 brings you the low-down on this exciting, but relatively unknown talent.

Davids, who is an attacking midfielder in the Steven Pienaar mould, started his soccer career at Mitchell's Plain club Parkhurst Ambassadors before moving to Hellenic,

He then moved to 1860 Munich where he became their youngest player ever, at 18 years and 246 days, to play in the German Bundesliga.

Davids was getting ready for a photo-shoot when SASoccer365 reporter Shahied Joseph caught up with the youngster who still could not believe he's been called up to play for Bafana Bafana.

"I still can't believe it. I'm so excited at getting a call-up I just hope I get to play as well, said Davids, who will turn 19 on April the 11th.

"This Bafana call up has just come as a total shock," he added.

The call-up represents a dream come true for the player, who once attended trials at Arsenal at the age of 12.

"I'm so young and did not expect all this to happen so soon. I've always wanted to be a professional footballer and now that I am, it's just great."

Davids, who wears jersey number 33 at 1860, says his coach Falko Goetz gave him his lucky number to wear when he became a pro-player for The Lions.

"My coach chose the number for me after saying that it was his lucky number. I'm just happy to play for the team and now for Bafana."

The Capetownian, whose contract with 1860 expires in 2006, says that he is confident to play in any attacking berth.

"At Munich they use me as a second striker, on right midfield or in the middle of the park. I like being in the centre though.

"I don't mind where I play as long as I can produce or score goals then that is fine.

"I've lately been used as a second striker but I don't wait for the ball, I go and fetch it.

Davids has represented South Africa at under-12 and under-20 level, where Boebie Williams was his coach.

While Davids is excited at the prospect of representing his country he does still have a desire to represent the Amaglug-Glug team.

"I've played with guys like Lynch Pule and Giovanni Rector, and I am still looking forward to being in a team with them.

"I'm still very young and can contribute to the next under-23 team and will be waiting for their call as well.

"But for now all I can think about is London and meeting Shaun Bartlett."


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