Cape Town - Bloemfontein
Celtic forward Lerato Lamola is not at all perturbed by his exclusion from the
South Africa national team, despite him being among the more prolific strikers
in the Premiership this season.
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Lamola has breached opposition defences on nine occasions
this term but accepts there is considerable depth within the national squad and
that the coach can only make so many selections, whether it be for an
international friendly or for a tournament.
"The squad the coach selected is very strong,"
Lamola told goal.com.
"All the special players won't be called up to the
national team. Only a few of them can be called up at a time and there are many
others that won't be called up, not because they are not good but because the
coach can only pick a certain number of players to represent the national
team," added Lamola, who is currently enjoying his most successful spell
at the Free State club.
When Lamola moved to Celtic in 2013 he could only muster
four goals during the campaign.
In the 2014/15 season, the Celtic striker has already scored
more goals than last term and he has also played fewer matches than he did
"It makes me feel great and as a team it makes us feel
good. I think it's all through hard work and patience and believing in myself
as a player," said Lamola of his current success at Phunya Sele Sele.
"I also believe it’s through the power and strength
that God has instilled in me to be able to do what I am doing right now.”