Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane says he is motivated to work even harder because of the faith shown in him by Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba.
The 28-year-old gloveman, who is yet to make his official debut in Bucs' colours, is part of Mashaba's 25-man squad to take on Burkina Faso and Ghana in back to back matches.
Bafana take on the Stallions in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifiers on 8 October at Stade Du 4 Aout in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso.
"I feel motivated and fired-up to redouble my efforts in each and every Bucs' training session, knowing that the national team coach still values my goalkeeping abilities," Mabokgwane told Vodacom Soccer.
"Actually, the fact that I'm still yet to make my official Pirates' debut doesn't bother me because I know that my chance will finally come.
"Pirates is a big team and the competition for a starting berth is stiff. Brighton (Mhlongo) is still currently doing well as the team's number one keeper, so I will keep on working hard and keep a healthy competition with him."
The Limpopo-born player was signed by Pirates during the pre-season, joining Brighton Mhlongo and Felipe Ovono in Bucs' goalkeeping department.
Mabokgwane has since made Bucs' 18-man squad in three matches to date.