Absa Premiership

Xola Mlambo focused on Pirates amidst Bafana talk

2019-01-15 10:21
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Xola Mlambo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Midfielder Xola Mlambo insists he is focused on his duties at Orlando Pirates, after being linked with a call-up to Stuart Baxter's Bafana Bafana squad.

The 27-year-old has been almost ever-present for the Buccaneers this season, making 21 appearances in all competitions.

Under the guidance of coach Milutin Sredojevic, Pirates have done well to keep pace with league leaders Wits and currently trail Gavin Hunt's side by just two points.

And, Mlambo has played a key role in the Soweto side's success this season, prompting fans and pundits to once again call for his inclusion in Baxter's next squad.

Be that as it may, Mlambo is paying no attention to the calls, saying he is merely taking each game as it comes.

"To be honest, my focus is at Orlando Pirates and when I'm given an opportunity to play here, I'm happy," Mlambo is quoted as saying by KickOff website.

"I definitely have to work my socks off to help the team because, looking at the squad that we have, we've got so many quality players.

"Whenever given an opportunity, you have to respect the people outside [of the line-up] and give your utmost best.

"Whatever happens, happens, but mainly I have to focus on improving my game each and every time and help the team when I'm given the opportunity to do so."

Bafana Bafana will take on Libya in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier Saturday, March 23 and need to avoid a defeat to secure their place at the Egypt-hosted tournament in June and July.

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