Johannesburg - Lehlohonolo Majoro has stressed the importance of Sunday's African
Nations Cup qualifier against Niger and is eager make his
mark if called upon by team boss Pitso Mosimane.
The Kaizer Chiefs striker has impressed in the early weeks of the
new Premier Soccer League campaign and is beginning to show the form
that propelled him into the limelight as AmaZulu top scorer last season.
Majoro has already bagged three PSL goals this season, and hopes to add to that tally for Bafana.
He said: "This is by far the most important match for us because
Niger is breathing down our necks in second place in our group, and we
know that a win will surely help us qualify for the 2012 AFCON
tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
"At the moment we are two points ahead of them, but we need to
open up a bigger gap to ease the pressure and make life easy for
"The good thing about this group of players is that every player
called up here is ready to fight for their country, and if an
opportunity comes for me to be in the starting line-up I have to grab it
with both arms."
Lierse S.K. midfielder, who made his debut the USA last year and
his full debut against Burkina Faso earlier this month had echoed his
international teammate's comments.
He added: "I believe that was a step-up for me, and that match
really gave me confidence but I can't get ahead of myself and say I have
arrived. I still have a lot to learn and know that I still improve on
"As for the clash against Niger all the players are aware of the
importance of this outing. We have one thing in mind only - and that is
"As one of the young players in the team I have nerves, but I
believe even the experienced could be feeling the same because this is a
very big match for us, at the same time we don't feel any pressure. We
know what we need to do."