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Madisha targeting COSAFA 'comeback'

2018-05-28 12:20
Motjeka Madisha (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns defender Motjeka Madisha hopes to use the COSAFA Cup to reinvigorate his game after an inconsistent league campaign.

Madisha made 20 league starts and six substitute appearances for Sundowns in the 2017/ 18 season as the Brazilians claimed the league title.

But he did not always appear to hit the same kind of form that he did in the 2016/ 17 campaign, his first with Sundowns.

The player admits his second season was tougher, and that he was affected by a family bereavement, but now hopes to make the most of his chance with Bafana Bafana and impress at the COSAFA tournament.

"In my career, some of the moments where I was playing my best football were with the junior national teams, so playing at international level again will be good for me," Madisha was quoted saying by the Sowetan.

"At club level I know it was not my best season but as you know we had a death in the family (Madisha's sister) and it was not easy. But at least we won the league title and I will come back better and stronger next season."

As a bonus, the COSAFA competition is taking place in Madisha's home province, the Limpopo, and he's looking forward to the support he will receive.

"The tournament will be playing not far from home so that will be a plus for me," Madisha said.

"I will be playing in front of my home fans where I will be free and confident to express myself. Any opportunity to represent the national team is a chance to learn and grow," he added.

Bafana start their campaign on June 3 when they meet the winner of Group A (Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mozambique in a quarter-final match.)

Bafana squad:

Goalkeepers: Bruce Bvuma, Riyaard Pieterse, Khulekani Kubheka

Defenders: Siyabonga Ngezana, Motjeka Madisha, Siyanda Xulu, Taariq Fielies, Innocent Maela

Midfielders: Wiseman Meyiwa, Siphesihle Ndlovu, Fortune Makaringe, Lebogang Maboe, Aubrey Modiba, Craig Webber, Abednego Mosiatlhaga, Neo Links

Strikers: Gift Motupa, Lyle Foster, Ryan Moon, Luther Singh

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