Absa Premiership

Masilela solely focused on Chiefs

2014-12-09 14:32
Tsepo Masilela (Supplied)
Tsepo Masilela (Supplied)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs left-back Tsepo Masilela revealed that he is not concerned about returning to the national team ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea next month.

The 29-year-old industrious defender also hinted that there is no need for Bafana to make changes in their current set-up as the competition for a starting berth is already sufficient for them to prosper at the next year’s continental showpiece.

“For now I just want to play for Kaizer Chiefs only,” Masilela told Sport24 in an exclusive interview.

“I don’t have any stress at all about not being considered for the national team.

“My focus is not there at all and I think they are doing very well.

“There is no need for them to change their squad because there is healthy competition already.

“I think this is a perfect time for young stars to represent their country.

“I think they also have about four left-backs in the team so I don’t see any need for me to be there.

“I’m happy with the way I am playing at my club and that’s where my focus is.”

Despite South Africa being drawn in the ‘group of death’ against the top African teams, the former Thanda Royal Zulu defender believes Bafana will do well in the tournament, considering they did not lose any game in the qualifying campaign.

Bafana have been drawn in Group C against Ghana, Algeria and Senegal.

“Recently there are no more small teams. Bafana didn’t lose any of their games in the qualifiers. So, hopefully they will do well in the tournament and in order to be the best you must also beat the best.”

Bafana will open their campaign against Algeria at the Estadio de Mongomo.

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