Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs defender Morgan 'Black Rock' Gould says he is happy
to just be playing football again after recovering from an Achilles
injury that almost ended his career.
According to the Football411.com website, Gould ruptured his Achilles tendon at a Chiefs training session
and was on the sidelines for six months, missing out on the 2013 Africa
Cup of Nations.
The defender returned just after the AFCON for Chiefs and now two
months later is part of the Bafana Bafana team to face Central African
Republic in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match.
"I am happy to be playing football, that's the first thing. So
here I am and I'm happy to be doing this. Playing for Bafana is a bonus
and good indication that things are going well," Gould told reporters
before a training session at the Athlone Stadium.
"I'm sure I can write a book about the injuries I had and how it could have ended my career. But here I am and it's an honour.
"During the African Cup I did not watch any football or the team,
I focused on getting better and focusing on my family and it worked for
"And now I am focusing on training today, not even worried about
tomorrow. Today is my World Cup training. I'm not being negative by not
thinking of the World Cup, I am focusing on the training now."
South Africa are third in Group A with two points, CAR are a
point above them and Ethiopia top the group with four points while
Botswana have only one.
Gould added: "I believe we can and will qualify for the World
Cup. We have the players, the facilities, the desire, it's all there.
"Playing against these guys (CAR), I expect it to be tough and
that is what I want, that is what I like. I love a physical game and I
will give it my all on Saturday, it should be a good game."
Kickoff is at 20:15 at the Cape Town Stadium.