Good things come to those who wait. But also, great things happen to those who put in the hard yards and buckle down.
Vincent Pule represents hard work and perseverance, that is why the Orlando Pirates winger’s selection to the Bafana Bafana squad is certainly well deserved.
Bafana Bafana have crucial back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against São Tomé and Príncipe to prepare for this week.
Victory is paramount if Molefi Ntseki and his Bafana charges are to qualify for the tournament to be hosted by Cameroon next year and Pule is hoping to make a contribution to the national cause.
“I’m excited to be part of the national team. It’s always been great to be here with the other guys and like I said, I’m excited and it’s overwhelming,” said Pule, who has played an influential role in the Pirates squad over the last few years and recently as he helped the Buccaneers reach the final of the MTN8.
“I struggled a bit with injuries, some games I played with injuries, but I kept going. I told myself I’m not going to stop because of minor injuries and like to be here again, I’m excited, and happy to be with the other guys,” added Pule.
“And I’m happy to play with the overseas guys and for me, I’m just here to add an impact to the team and hopefully maybe I’ll get a chance to play.”
The first fixture in the third round of the Afcon qualifiers against São Tomé is scheduled for Friday night at Moses Mabhida Stadium (21:00 kickoff), with the return match set to be hosted by Bafana at the Nelson Mandela Stadium as Caf and Safa agreed for both matches to be played in South Africa, amid the travelling restrictions due to Covid-19.
Pule, 28, has been brilliant so far in the new season, helping Pirates thrash rivals Kaizer Chiefs 5-0 on aggregate in the MTN8 semifinals.
No doubt it was the Soweto derby performance which more than likely persuaded Bafana coach Ntseki that the Pirates star was ready for the elevation to the national squad.
“Scoring goals from my perspective has always been my thing you know scoring in the derby it was a great feeling and it was the start of the season and I’m here now and hoping for the best.
“The whole season I think I have to add more numbers to my goals and assists. I think that is it. I’ll be happy when I score goals,” concluded Pule.
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