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Barkhuizen’s Preston North End lose to Milwall

The 26-year-old attacker flattered to deceive as the Lilywhites’ four-match unbeaten streak came to an end

Bafana Bafana hopeful, Tom Barkhuizen failed to help Championship side Preston North End avoid defeat against Millwall in his side’s clash on Saturday afternoon.

The English born attacker has been in scintillating form all season long but failed to hit top gear as Preston conceded late in the second half to lose 1-0.

The 26-year-old was at fault for Millwall’s goal for allowing goalscorer Shaun Hutchinson storm past him untracked.

In 2020, the Blackpool native has been in impressive form, netting four times in his three outings so far this year.

His form – 33 matches, 11 goals and four assists across all competitions – caught the attention of not only Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki who is said to have met with the player already regarding the possibility of playing for South Africa, but also the scouts of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen who are reportedly tracking him.

Burkhuzen is yet to represent England at any international level and remains eligible for South Africa through his grandfather who is of the Southern African nation’s decent.

South Africa are next in action in March where they will face Sao Tome and Príncipe in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header.

With today’s win, Millwall closed the gap on the Championship play-offs while Preston missed out on a chance to move third.

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