Tuesday, 09 March 2010 14:51

In-form Daniel Fernandes staking late claim for South Africa?

Goalkeeper “not obsessed” by call-up

Portuguese goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes’ decision to move to Greece in order to enhance his international prospects appears to have been well judged, with the Iraklis shot-stopper currently earning plaudits for his performances.

Fernandes left German club Bochum in January for a six-month loan deal with Iraklis of Thessaloniki, returning to the city where he enjoyed tremendous success with PAOK. Since the switch, the Canadian-born goalkeeper has been in fine form. Fernandes was named Man of the Match on Sunday as his team beat champions Olympiacos 1-0 in the Super League.

“It was very important for the club. I am glad I made a good showing and have contributed to the team’s victory,” Fernandes told Record, before adding that he “intends to return to Germany” after his loan spell is completed.

With Fernandes impressing as Iraklis continue on a six-match unbeaten run, the two-time Portugal international appears to have given himself an outside chance of making Portugal’s World Cup squad for South Africa. “I know that Carlos Queiroz is aware of me but I am not obsessed with being called up to the national team,” Fernandes said. “I will continue to concentrate on giving my best for my club.”

By Sean Gillen

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