Every professional footballer dreams of one day representing their national team at any level and such is the case for South African defender Thibang Phete.
He was one of three players who made their debuts for the South African national team in the recently ended international break.
The 26-year-old caught up with FARPost to express his joy at finally seeing one of his dreams come through. “It was a very special moment not only for me, but for my family, friends and people who always supported me,” he said.
“This was something that I’ve always dreamt of since I was a kid and seeing it come through was amazing. It was a great honor representing my country and playing with my countrymen,” explained Phete, who hails from Kimberley in the Northern Cape.
“I enjoyed every single moment of it although the result was not what we wanted (1-1 against Namibia), I learnt a lot from the guys there. Now it’s time to go back to my team to work even harder because I would like to represent my country again and contribute more to the national team,” he concluded.
Despite being on his fifth season in Portugal this was Cafu’s first national team camp, but with his performances for Belenenses the defender is one of a few players expected back in camp for next month’s double header against Sao Tome ePrincipe.
‘Cafu’ played over 70 minutes against Namibia, but never featured against Zambia in the 2-1 loss on Sunday. The Stars of Africa graduate will now be shifting his focus to Sunday afternoon’s match as his club Belenenses take on Moreirense in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
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By Prince Sobayeni