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
"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.