Cape Town - AmaZulu
marksman Bongani Ndulula said his selection for the national team to compete at
the Africa Cup of Nations was merely the result of the hard work he had put
into this year’s Premiership campaign.
Read: Bartlett has faith in Bafana strikers
Ndulula has played in 15 of his team’s 16 Premiership
matches this term.
While he has breached opposition defences just four times
during that period, Ndulula feels that the other contributions he has made to
the squad have been recognised by national coach Shakes Mashaba.
"I am excited about the call up,” Ndulula told the
“I feel that I worked very hard to earn myself a place in
“As you know there
are many great players but I guess my hard work stood out."
The one matter which Ndulula feels has played a significant
role in his success with the national team during the past year has been the
trust in the relationship between himself and Mashaba.
"I have learnt a lot from the coach and I am happy that
he selected me. One of the things that I have learnt from him is that he always
stresses the importance of being yourself when you are playing. He encourages
us not to try anything fancy.
"That is why you see many players performing under him
- that’s because they are free and relaxed," added Ndulula.