SA Under-23 defender Given Msimango believes that hard work, consistency and determination can help him achieve one of his long term goals of representing the country at the highest level.
The 23-year-old was recently elected as the captain of the Rockets for the 2020/21 season. Msimango was chosen as the Man of the Match in their goalless draw encounter against Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premiership. His stellar performances has earned him a national call up with the Under-23 squad.
The TS Galaxy skipper expressed how elated he is about the Under-23 national team call up.
“It is always an honour and privilege to be called in to the national team regardless if it is Bafana Bafana, Under-20 or Under-23. For me, it always brings a sense of pride. It has always brought happiness and joy in to my family,” he told TS Galaxy official website.
“The last few months have been fantastic for me. I would like to thank the Lord almighty who is in control of everything. He has blessed me a lot in my career. I’ve faced a lot of setbacks and now I’m really enjoying my football. I’m learning and growing under the leadership at TS Galaxy. I’m truly honoured to be named as a captain. They have shown a lot of faith in me. I need to repay that good faith with good performances in the field of play.”
He further said that the last game they played against Amakhosi was a collective effort.
“Getting a Man of the Match (award) was good for me personally. It all goes down to the collective. The team comes first. If my teammates don’t do well, I’m also not happy because it is all about a collective effort not individuals. Team work is going to be key for us in maintaining consistency. If we continue working hard and do well as a team. I think, we will yield good results. The future is bright for us,” he added.
The rising star added that he wants to see himself continuing with his fine form till the end of the season and making it into the SA Under-23 final Olympic squad.
“The Olympic Games are one of the best tournaments in the world. If I make it into that tournament, it will be a huge milestone for me in my career. I’m really excited for the future and look forward to it,” concluded Msimango.
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By Mauwane Raophala