Cape Town - Veteran SuperSport United defender Morgan Gould says he was surprised to earn a call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad for their Soccer World Cup qualifying games against the Cape Verde Islands.
The 34-year-old was outstanding for Matsatsantsa last season and was named as the club's Player of the Season.
And his resurgence has now led to him being included in Stuart Baxter's latest national team, to play away and at home against Cape Verde in the first week of September.
"It took me by surprise, especially when the other guys in the national team were doing well and in football you don't change what is broken," the former Jomo Cosmos and Kaizer Chiefs defender was quoted saying by KickOff.
"I am feeling ecstatic. It feels like the first day I received my first call and I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the team and I hope to keep doing well," he added.
Gould meanwhile made his 300th top-flight appearance when SuperSport lost to Sundowns last weekend, and says his longevity is simply down to hard work and discipline.
"I was not aware of the milestone. It's a great feeling. I am ready to still go on and I am looking forward to keep enjoying every game I play," he explained.
"It's all due to the support staff and the people who believe in me. When I started football in the township I wanted to better my life.
"I respected the game and remain honest to the game. I am not the most talented player but I always dedicate my time and energy because I love the game."
Gould will compete with Thulani Hlatshwayo, Erick Mathoho and Rivaldo Coetzee for a starting place in the South African side.