Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs defender Erick Mathoho is delighted his hard work has paid off with a recall to the Bafana Bafana squad for the AFCON qualifier against Mauritania.
Mathoho gave credit to his teammates for his uptick in form over the last 12 months and is happy to be back involved in the international action.
"When your team is doing well it rubs off on your performance in the national team," he told the official Kaizer Chiefs website.
"If your team is not doing well, it affects your performances and you can't undo that at the national team level.
"It feels good to be back in the fold. It is always an honour to don the national team colours," he added.
The defender admits that Mauritania is a bit of an unknown entity, but is confident in Bafana's ability to get a victory this weekend.
"Most of the present players in the camp are familiar faces. Preparations have gone well and we are ready for the challenge.
"We don't know much about the opponents. However, we are professionals and soccer is global. We just have to go there and play to our strength.
"I feel upbeat and positive that we are going to win. I'm in a good frame of mind and ready to do duty for South Africa," he concluded.
South Africa travel to Mauritania this weekend to take on Les Mourabitones at the Stade Olympique de Nouachott on Saturday, September 5.
Kick-off is at 20:00.