Bafana’s Ndlovu ready to face Poland

2012-10-10 15:51

Bafana Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu believes he has what it takes to be a regular in the team.

The Maccabi Haifa striker suffered a shoulder injury on his maiden Bafana game against Brazil last month but he is raring to go and prove his worth. He said the injury, which he suffered in the first half of the game, has made him stronger and eager to play.

“I believe everything happens for a reason and that’s how God wanted things to be, but I am happy I have recovered from the injury and am back in the team. It was really disappointing for me but injuries are part and parcel of the game,” said Ndlovu.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic player said the call-up took him by surprise. However, he said he would grab the opportunity presented to him by coach Gordon Igesund.

“I knew one day I was going to be called up, as I have been playing well in Israel, but not so soon. I have been working hard and my hard work has been rewarded and I think I deserve to be here.”

He said it was surprising that he did not play his best football in the domestic league as he was not deemed good enough but never lost hope.

“I have always believed in my talent and knew I was destined to succeed. I never lost hope when things were not going well for me but instead worked extra hard. Even now I need to go the extra mile to make sure I remain in the team. It is easy to earn a call-up but you must work hard to sustain your position in the team, and this is my aim.”

Ndlovu is expected to start alongside Bernard Parker against Poland on Friday evening.

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