Mlungwana unfazed by Bafana snub


Golden Arrows number one goalkeeper Sifiso Mlungwana says he is not bothered by his omission from the senior national team, Bafana Bafana.

Mlungwana missed out of the Bafana team that will play against Ghana and Sudan in Afcon qualifiers, despite his great form for Abafana Bes’thende.

The under 23 shotstopper has played a pivotal part to Arrows’ exploits this season and he has kept experienced goalkeepers like Edmore Sibanda, Maximilian Mbaeva and Nkosingiphile Gumede on the bench.

His omission led to a lot of questions being asked by football lovers in the country, especially with the fact that off-form Itumeleng Khune has been included in Molefi Ntseki’s squad. Other goalkeepers who have been included are AmaZulu’s Veli Mothwa and Ronwen Williams, who has been in sublime form for SuperSport United.

Mlungwana told Isolezwe Sports that he is not worried about missing out, though he would welcome an opportunity to play for the national team like any football player.

“Like any other player I would be happy to be called into the national team, but people should understand that we can’t all be called at the same time, like it has happened to me”, said the 23-year-old.

The Manguzi-born goal minder believes he still has time to impress national team selectors and he is not deterred by not making it this time. “I am not bothered at all, age is still on my side. I will continue to work hard so that I can catch the eye of the Bafana coach. I believe I did not miss out because I’m not doing well, I think the coach want me to improve my game”, said Mlungwana.

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By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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