KHUMALO RATES HARTLEY
Maude Khumalo spotted Faa-Iqah at open trials for Gauteng players where other coaches were also scouting for players in different divisions. When she called Faa-Iqah to the squad, Khumalo had no clue that her and Junaid were related. The Basetsana coach said FaaIqah’s flexibility, lightness and speed is what drew her to the player. “I wanted to see how she compares to other players that I had picked from other provinces. I didn’t know that she was Junaid’s daughter but it explains her quickness. She is flexible. But you know that the development of a girl player takes longer but I can see now that there are similarities between them. We can use her on the wing, even though there are certain aspects that need to be worked on. Her basic skills are there, so too her ball-control,” says Khumalo.