Cape Town - Sphelele Ntshangase is delighted at the call up to the Bafana Bafana squad to face Gambia at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Ntshangase returns to Bafana Bafana for the second time - he was part of the squad that played against Swaziland, where he made his debut, as well as Nigeria earlier this year. At the time of the call-up he was doing duty with the National Under-23 squad in preparation for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic qualifiers.
“It is every player’s dream to play for Bafana Bafana, and it is not all the players who will be called up to the national team," said the midfielder on safa.net.
So I would like to thank everyone who has supported me up to this point.
“My focus was on the National under-23 squad but I was delighted when I heard that I had been called up to Bafana Bafana which means there are things I am doing right and I just need to continue with that, even though there is still a lot a learn.
“I have been here before and played against Swaziland earlier this year and I also learnt a lot during that time.
Ntshangase, of Black Leopards, is one of two players in the current squad that play in the National First Division (NFD) – the other is Gift Motupa of Baroka FC.
“Many people ask me how I made it to Bafana Bafana and my only response is that I work hard in everything I do and I guess it goes for every player. If you work hard you will be rewarded,” added Ntshangase.
“I have always looked up to many of the players here and to be with them in the same team is a great honour and perhaps a dream come true. The likes of Thulani Serero, May Mahlangu and others are encouraging me that if I work hard I can be where they are now.”
Kick-off is on Saturday, June 13 at 15:00.