Cape Town - Kaizer
Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is hoping that his 'knowledge and
experience' can help Bafana Bafana qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Amakhosi veteran has been in outstanding club form and was handed
a recall to the national team by coach Stuart Baxter after having
earned the last of his 88 caps back in 2014.
Tshabalala says he had never given up on getting back into the
national team fold and now that he's there, he hopes to be a positive
influence on the team as Bafana get set for two crucial qualifying
games, home and away against Senegal.
"I'm very happy with the call-up. It's an honour to be back in the
national team and it’s not about just going there to add numbers but to
go there and add value," he was quoted saying by KickOff.
"I trust that the knowledge and experience that I have over a number of years will help the team qualify.
"I have said it before that I still want to play for the national
team and I will continue working hard. And if I do well at Kaizer Chiefs
that will enhance my chances of going back to the national team. So,
for now, I'm just happy that I finally got the call-up.
"I have been working hard, I continued to believe in myself," he added. "The key is consistency. I do what I love and I love
football. Playing soccer is also not only about the individual, the team
must come first. I hope that my experience as a player can help South
Africa qualify for the World Cup in Russia," he added.
The first match against Senegal, at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, takes
place on Friday November 10, with the away fixture four days later in
Bafana Bafana are bottom of Group D with four points - four
adrift of log leaders Senegal with both sides having two matches remaining.
Burkina Faso and the Cape Verde Islands are tied on six points - both with one game remaining.
Kick off is at 19:00.