Mako is out to prove his all-star worth for club and coun­try

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - RODNEY REINERS

CAPE TOWN ALL STARS’ fan­tas­tic run in the NFD has been re­warded with South African Un­der-23 call-ups for goal­keeper Kyle Peters and tricky mid­fielder Paseka Mako.

The fact that there are a num­ber of high- pro­file young PSL stars like Ri­valdo Coet­zee, Kea­gan Dolly, Phaka­mani Mahlambi and Kwanda Mn­gonyama in the squad is a tes­ta­ment to the ta­lent and form of the All Stars duo.

The Gugulethu-based club has made no se­cret of its am­bi­tions to be pro­moted to the PSL and has cer­tainly de­liv­ered on the field.

While the rest of the Cape clubs are strug­gling, All Stars are right in there and chal­leng- ing for the NFD ti­tle and au­to­matic top-flight pro­mo­tion.

Baroka FC set the pace with 24 points, fol­lowed by All Stars on 23 and Dur­ban’s Royal Ea­gles on 21.

The other Mother City teams in the 16-team NFD have Mi­lano United in ninth, with 14 points, San­tos in 10th (13 points), Vasco da Gama in 13th (10 points) and FC Cape Town in 15th (eight points).

All Stars, though, have a huge fix­ture in Polok­wane to­mor­row af­ter­noon when they face log-lead­ers Baroka. Vic­tory for Dan Male­sela’s men and no doubt the team from Gugulethu will be favourites for pro­mo­tion.

Mako will again be in­flu­en­tial, and the young­ster is de­ter­mined to prove that he’s wor­thy of his na­tional call-up.

“My in­clu­sion in the U23 squad feels great,” he said.

“It shows that my ef­forts at train­ing are pay­ing off and that my per­for­mance is ris­ing.” NFD fix­tures To­day: Moroka Swal­lows v African War­riors; Wit­bank Spurs v Black Leop­ards; Thanda Royal Zulu v FC Cape Town; Vasco Da Gama v High­lands Park (Parow Park, 3.30pm); Royal Ea­gles v Mi­lano United To­mor­row: San­tos v AmaZulu (Athlone Sta­dium, 3.30pm); Baroka FC v Cape Town All Stars; Mbombela United v Mthatha Bucks

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