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Maluleka aiming for Bafana spot

2014-10-20 11:45
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Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka is working hard in order to break into Shakes Mashaba's Bafana Bafana squad.

Following Bafana Bafana’s goalless against Congo last Wednesday, the national team are on course to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Maluleka, speaking to Sport24 exclusively, has been impressed with the form shown by South Africa and hailed the passion displayed by the national team during their qualifying campaign.

“The start under Shakes Mashaba has been fantastic especially since the side has not conceded a goal.”

“The players that are currently in the squad are playing with a fierce passion and that has been something that a lot of people have said has been missing.

“I’m very happy to see that”.

Since arriving from SuperSport United in January 2014, Maluleka has now fought his way into the strong Amakhosi midfield lineup and is keen to do the same in the national team.

Maluleka, who has featured in all PSL games this season, has played his part in the Glamour Boys record breaking run and wants to continue his fine early season form in order to get the call-up from Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba.

“Definitely! Every player wants to represent their national team at the highest level,” said the 25-year-old midfielder when asked if he dreams of a recall to the Bafana Bafana squad.

“It is a priority for me.” said the Kaizer Chiefs midfielder.

Mashaba has not yet included Maluleka in his plans but the midfielder is confident that through hard work and determination, he is hopeful that he can catch the eye of the Bafana Bafana coach.

Maluleka admitted that his absence from the Bafana Bafana side shows that he still needs to work on certain things in his game.

“I know there are aspects of my game that need to develop and that’s exactly what I am doing.

“I am continuing to push and work even harder on my game to get a place in the national team.”


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