Golden Arrows goalkeeper Sifiso Mlungwana has accepted the disappointment of missing out on the U23 Olympics squad.
The 23-year-old goal minder has been in scintillating form for Abafana Bes’thende this season and he was part of the camp in Durban two months ago, where U23 coach David Notoane assembled his team.
Mlungwana reckons it’s part of football and he wants to fight for a place in the senior national team.
“I think it’s one of the challenges that I was suppose to face in life, so that I can strengthen my football career. It’s a once off thing, it’s not the end of the road, I can still push for our senior team,” he said.
“I was very disappointed for not being selected but it’s not the first time with me, there is nothing I can do. I look forward to my future,” said Mlungwana.
The Manguzi-born shotstopper is however ecstatic for making it to the top three best goalkeepers in the Dstv Premiership this season.
“I’m really happy because it’s one of my goals that I set when the season started, at least to be nominated to be goalkeeper of the season.
“Which shows that my work, I’m really pushing very well and I’m happy for myself that I pushed this far,” stated the 24-year-old.
“It’s my first full season and I’m being nominated as the goalkeeper of the season, which means I’m doing a great job, I’m still hoping to do more and better.
“I’m really honored and happy to play for Golden Arrows especially this season, as my first full season. I’m really happy and I wanna thank my brothers in my goalkeeping department.
“The likes of (Maximilian) Mbaeva, (Edmore) Sibanda, Nkosingiphile Gumede and our goalkeeper coach for being supportive and keep pushing me.
“So I’m really happy for playing all these games, which means I’m really pushing myself this season,” added Mlungwana.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter