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Stellenbosch FC Striker Rayners Seeks Bafana Breakthrough in Algeria Friendly



Iqraam Rayners is gearing up for a significant opportunity as he looks to make his mark in the upcoming international friendly clash between Bafana Bafana and Algeria. The Stellenbosch FC striker, who has shown promise with seven goals in 17 DStv Premiership matches, aims to impress coach Hugo Broos to secure a spot in the national team squad.

Rayners’ solid performance in the 2023-2024 season for Stellenbosch FC, including key contributions in their recent Carling Knockout success, has catapulted him into contention for a regular role in the Bafana setup. With an eye on the World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria and Zimbabwe in June, Rayners sees the Algeria friendly as a platform to showcase his abilities.

Broos has expressed the challenges that local-based strikers face when transitioning to the international stage, citing the difference in quality between the domestic league and international competition. As Rayners prepares to lead the line against Algeria, he understands the significance of making an impact with the national team to solidify his place.

Khanyisa Mayo, another prolific striker from Cape Town City, has faced similar challenges in the national setup, struggling to replicate his club form at the international level. Rayners will hope to draw inspiration from the likes of Mayo and Thabiso Kutumela, who have managed to make an impact with Bafana under Broos’ guidance.

Rayners, who had a brief cameo against Andorra in the first friendly match of the FIFA Series, will have a more cohesive unit around him in the upcoming fixture against Algeria. The Algerian side, bolstered by their recent victory against Bolivia, will provide a stern test for Rayners and his teammates.

This match serves as a crucial opportunity for Rayners to demonstrate his goal-scoring prowess and overall contribution to the team. Building on his experience from the 2023 Cosafa Cup, where he displayed his attacking capabilities, Rayners is eager to make a lasting impression on the national team setup.

Rachel Adams

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