TS Galaxy co-captain Given Msimango has described Sipho Mbule’s call-up into the Bafana Bafana AFCON qualifier squad as inspirational, adding that he too would like to reach the same feat in the near future.
Mbule (22), is the only local-based Under-23 international player who managed to catch the eye of Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki with his fine performance at SuperSport United, leading up to Bafana’s all-important remaining two 2021 AFCON Qualifier Group C fixtures against Ghana and Sudan this month.
It is in this potential qualification for the 2021 AFCON tournament which has been postponed for next year, that Msimango said he will continue to toil in earnest at club level, to ensure that he makes the grade for a call-up into the senior man’ squad.
As it stands, Bafana are second in Group C to leaders Ghana, whom they share nine points with after four matches played. Sudan, on the other hand, are third with six points with two games remaining to fight for a possible qualification, too.
“My first goal is to make the Olympic squad which is to compete in this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, and then continue working towards that goal of being in the Bafana AFCON squad (should Bafana avoid a horrific blander in their remaining two fixtures and qualify). I believe that it can be done,” Msimango said.
“A guy like Sipho Mbule, arguably the best midfielder in the PSL this season, has proven that it is possible. I just want to follow in his footsteps to reach these two personal goals of mine. The other is to earn a move abroad.”
The 23-year old admitted that he, together with his agents and club chairman Tim Sukazi, have been in talks about making such a move happen, should any of the European teams come calling. Asked which was his favorite European team he would love to play for one of the good days, the centre-back said: “I do not have a specific team that I dream of playing for one day, but for a specific football manager,” Msimango said. “And that is Johan Klopp (from Liverpool).
“I just love how he changed things at Liverpool and won major trophies (2019/20 English Premier League, 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, 2019 UEFA Super Cup, 2019 FIFA Club World Cup) in a short space of time while being there. He knows how to get his players to play for him with such great passion and fire and leave it all out there on the pitch. These are the kind of managers I love to play for as a player.”
By Mohau Ramashidja