Bafana Bafana striker Lars Veldwijk has been nominated for the 2018/19 Eerste Divisie Player of the Season, following his fine exploits for his club in Holland’s Second Division.
Veldwijk has been nominated alongside Netherlands trio Istvan Bakx, Terell Ondaan, Bryan Smeets and Aitor Cantalapiedra from Spain.
He is now the second South African to earn a nominee for an accolade in Europe after Percy Tau, who’s also notched up a nominee for the same award in Belgium’s Second Division.
Veldwijk has already netted 22 league goals in 33 matches for Sparta Rotterdam as they continue to push for promotion to the Eredivisie next season.
The lanky striker has twice featured for Bafana Bafana though he’s yet to get on the scoresheet for the national side.
He will be eager to continue working hard in order to earn himself a place in the team for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next month.
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Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits ), Rowen Williams (SuperSport United), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)
Daniel Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), S’Fiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits ), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City)
Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Downs), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford FC), Tiyani Mabunda (Mamelodi Downs), Thulani Serero (Vitesse Arnhem FC), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg United), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier)
Lebo Mothiba (RC Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City)
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They open their Afcon account against the Elephants on June 18.
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Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Reyaad Pieterse (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Thendo Mukumela (Ajax Cape Town), Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City), Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs), Tercious Malepe (Chippa United), Katlego Mohamme (SuperSport United), Bongani Sam (Bloemfontein Celtic), Sandie Mthethwa (Richards Bay United)
Teboho Mokoena (Supersport United), Athenkosi Dlala (Supersport United), Kegan Dolly (Montpellier), Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mahlatsi (SuperSport United), Grant Margeman (Ajax Cape Town), Jamie Webber (SuperSport United), Kgaogelo Sekgota (Vitoria Setubal, (Portugal).
Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lerato Lepasa (TS Galaxy), Jemondre Dickens (Baroka FC), Luther Singh GD Chaves, Portugal), Liam Jordan (Koge FC, Denmark)
National U23 head coach David Notoane will take charge of the COSAFA Squad for the SADC regional tournament which starts on Saturday, 25 June.