Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says he has been in communication with former Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus, but has challenged the player to fight for his first team place in Portugal.


Erasmus is currently in Portugal playing for Vitoria Setubal, but has not been able to break into the first team since making a move from Swedish club AFC Eskilstuna earlier this year.

He has made one substitute appearance in the Allianz Cup on November 18, coming on for the last 28 minutes against Tondela.

Baxter says Erasmus would have to start getting some game-time before he considers visiting him in Portugal.

“I’ve been in touch with Kermit. I’ve spoken to him. Kermit is one of the ones I was thinking of going to pay a visit to in winter in Europe, but he is not playing enough. I said to Kermit, ‘I want you to be making the first steps and then I will get behind you, I’ll support you and I’ll come see you’.

“I don’t think those steps have been enough yet. He is not playing, he was not in the squad. He has to settle in. I say to him ‘when you are settled, I have not forgotten about you. I know where you are. Get some games under your belt and we’ll see where you are’.

“Kermit is a talented player and I don’t think over the last seven or eight, maybe even a bit more, that he’s had, I don’t think he needs more pressure. I think he need to relax into his environment and say ‘right, let me have a real go at this and let me get some games under my belt and I know the national team coach is not turning a blind eye to me’. I’ve worked at the club where he’s at, so it would please me enormously to go back and see a few smiling faces there. If Kermit gets some game-time, then there’s no reason why I should not get on a plane and go see him.”