Cape Town - Bafana Bafana striker
Dino Ndlovu says he is impressed by the camaraderie that exists in the squad
since his return into the team after an absence of more than a year.
The former SuperSport United striker last made his appearance in March last year in the 5-0 drubbing by Brazil.
"The last few days have been a tremendous experience, being out for about a
year from the national team and now back in for this crucial matches,"said Ndlovu at the team hotel in Benguela, Angola.
spirit is high and everyone has been very welcoming. We are like a family and
we are looking forward to the game against Angola.
"It guess it goes down to hard work. I have had my ups and down in the PSL and
I was honest and bold enough to come forward and admit things I did wrong and
those I did right.
"I have changed since I got to Cyprus and I have been reaping
the results of my hard work.
South Africa will face Angola in crucial back-to-back matches of Round 2 of the
2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers.
The first-leg will be played on Friday, 13 November at the Estadio Nacional de
Kick-off is at 16:30 (SA time).
"I think we are ready for the game, I have seen the hunger and the
determination in the boys, as well as the discipine and dedication from the
"I have been in the national team before but the positive feeling is
greater than the last time - I have never seen the guys so focussed.
have to be ourselves, we are not under pressure so we just have to come out
with a draw but still go for a win. What we cannot afford to do is to lose this
game," said Ndlovu.
"This is the most important round than the next one – the group stages – where
you have more chances to rectify your mistakes, if you lose the first game you
can still play more and win.
"But here it’s two games, if we lose we are out and
we have to wait another four years to get into the qualifiers again. It has
been a long wait for the nation to see us in the world cup, and for us who have
never played in the World Cup, this is a good platform.”
Ndlovu returns to the national team at the back of a highly successful time in
Cyprus and he hopes it will rub off when he plays for his country.
He has scored eight goals in seven matches for his club Anorthosis Famagusta,
earning him back-to-back Player of the Month awards in Cyprus. He is currently
the second leading goalscorer in the league.
"It is quite an achievement, and I belive I have grown up. I cannot repeat the
things I did as a youngster, all the mistakes I did in the past.
"I also have a
feeling that if I get a chance to play against Angola I will score - but then
again it’s not about me.
"What is the point of me scoring when the team is down
2-0 or 3-0, it doesn’t help. It would be better if I score and we win the game,
that would be great,” said Ndlovu.
Bafana Bafana go into tomorrow’s match with a good record against Angola.
In 12 games, Shakes Mashaba’s side has lost only once - just recently in the
There have been six wins for South Africa with five draws between the two
Head to head vs Angola:
P W D L GF GA
12 6 5 1 12 6