Mamelodi Sundowns central midfielder Grant Margeman is concerned about not playing for his team as he might miss out of the U23 Olympics team that will be assembled by David Notoane next year.
The Bonteheuwel-born midfielder has endured tough times on the sidelines due to injury and the tough competition for a starting berth at Chloorkop since his move from Ajax Cape Town.
Though he was recently called up to the U23 camp in Durban, the 22-year-old told FARPost that he has not thought about a loan move to get game time elsewhere but he is determined to fight for his place in the star-studded Brazilians team.
“Obviously that sometimes comes to a player’s mind but at the moment I am still at Mamelodi Sundowns so for me it is to keep on working and to get into the match day squad and eventually the starting 11.
“Come Olympics, the coach would want players that are playing regularly for their respective teams, players who are physically in good condition so for me it is to just keep working now and get back into the 18 men match squad and get some minutes on the field,” said Margeman.
With the U23 camp in Durban, the midfielder was called alongside Teboho Mokoena of SuperSport United whom he will be competing with for the starting berth in the national team.
The Sundowns star was happy to get a look in and wanted to impress the national team coach. “Obviously I am thankful to be here because I am getting some game time so hopefully with confidence I can get back there and make use of it,” continued Margeman.
“To be honest now it’s a bit difficult for me, the team (Sundowns) is doing well and each one who is playing is doing well in their position, but for me it’s just to have faith and keep going, hopefully the coaches will see the work I put in daily and give me the opportunity,” concluded Margeman.
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By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter