Being called up to represent your country, whether it is football, cricket or rugby is a big deal. And for the highly-rated Kaizer Chiefs defender Njabulo Ngcobo, it is an honour and a privilege to be selected to play for Bafana Bafana.
Due to the growing injury list, Hugo Broos was forced to search for cover and he invited Ngcobo ahead of the upcoming 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
Bafana have arrived in Harare, where they will take on Zimbabwe on Friday in their Group G qualification campaign before hosting Ghana at FNB Stadium on Monday.
“It says a lot and it means a lot that people believe in me and they want to see me in the national team,” said Ngcobo, who was in Broos’s provisional squad for the World Cup qualifiers but was dropped when the coach trimmed his squad to 23 men.
“Even myself I have always wanted to play for Bafana Bafana and now the time has arrived so I am very happy to be part of the team,” added the defender.
Ngcobo went on to reveal that he was already in KwaZulu-Natal, his home when he received the exciting news – the call.
“For me being here, I’m always ready to come here. Now, I was already home as Chiefs gave us a break,” he said.
“So I wasn’t here in Johannesburg but when I got the call I just took my stuff and came back,” stated the reigning DStv Premiership Defender of the Season.
The 27-year-old believes Bafana “have quality players who can play football nicely, from the back” and qualify for the 2022 showpiece.
“I am a player that enjoys seeing a team I am a part of play beautiful football at all times than to play to win. For me, it is all about good football. And what I bring to the national team is my ability to make my teammates relax and play football.
“We need to be strong mentally and physically we need to be present, as much as you can play good football of which I believe we can but at the end of the day, we need a win,” concluded Ngcobo.
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By Tokelo Mokhesi