Southampton FC Youngster Kgaogelo Chauke Eligible to Represent Bafana Bafana or the English National Team

Southampton FC Youngster Kgaogelo Chauke Eligible to Represent Bafana Bafana or the English National Team

Byron Pillay
  • Kgaogelo Chauke was born in Pretoria but moved away at a young age and grew up playing football in England
  • Southampton FC's Kgaogelo Chauke captains the reserve side and trains with The Saints' first team
  • South African born Kgaogelo Chauke now holds citizenship in England and South Africa after getting his passport

Talented Southampton FC youngster, Kgaogelo Chauke, has officially obtained his South African passport.

The highly-rated star was born in Pretoria but moved to the United Kingdom with his parents when he was 1-year old.

Kgaogelo Chauke captains Southampton FC's reserve side but is eligible to represent either Bafana Bafana or the English national team. Image: Matt Watson/ Jacques Feeney
Southampton FC Youngster Kgaogelo Chauke Eligible to Represent Bafana Bafana or the English National Team
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Born in Mamelodi, the captain of Southampton’s reserve side was recently on holiday in South Africa and sorted out his passport while in the country, FarPost reported.

Chauke now holds dual citizenship in South Africa and England and is eligible to represent either Bafana Bafana or The Three Lions.

Chauke has played in 20 English Premier League 2 (the reserve league) games this season and has previously represented The Saints in the FA Cup, TransferMarkt confirmed.

He was also on the bench when the side welcome Liverpool in a Premier League encounter last year. Chauke often trains with the first team and has caught the eye of coach Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The English national team are keen to get the youngster into their under-23 setup while the South African Football Association also expressed interest previously in securing his services.

With his South African passport now completed, Bafana have hope that they can prize away the promising talent to represent the country.

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