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Joel Untersee switches allegiance to home nation South Africa

Juventus full-back Joel Untersee will represent Bafana Bafana in the future, according to South Africa manager Stuart Baxter.

Juventus full-back Joel Untersee will represent Bafana Bafana in the future, according to South Africa manager Stuart Baxter.

Born in Johannesburg to Swiss parents, the defender is currently on loan at Empoli from the Italian giants, but internationally, has played for his parents’ nation at youth level.

The 24-year old represented Switzerland at every age level from U-15 through to U-21, but never received a call-up to the senior side.

During his latest press conference, SA manager Baxter stated: “In the Winter I’ve been in Europe twice. I’ve secured one extra player for South Africa‚”

“A player who plays in Italy‚ who was born in Benoni‚ Joel Untersee‚ who’s committed himself to South Africa instead of Switzerland.

“He had played Under-21 for Switzerland‚ and he now wants to turn back to South Africa.”

Untersee still official resides in Switzerland, the country he moved to when he was very young. He began his career in the youth academy of FC Zurich, before Italian giants Juventus acquired the Right-back in 2010.

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