Modubi to make his mark

2009-05-26 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Bafana Bafana midfielder Masilo Modubi is determined to grab any opportunities that come his way during next month’s Confederations Cup.

Twenty-four-year-old Modubi, who was born in Polokwane, has been on the books of English Premiership giants Chelsea for six years, but has never kicked a ball in England.

He joined Chelsea from the School of Excellence as a raw 18-year-old and was loaned to Belgium side Westerlo, where he is still playing.

“I have been happy at Westerlo. We finished sixth in the Belgium First Division, which is better than usual for us, so it was a good season,” said Modubi.

But he has not heard from the big-spending Chelsea about his future.

“I have never been part of the Chelsea set-up as I was loaned out after signing for them. But as regards my future, I will decide after the Confederations Cup as I aim to focus on winning a place in the final Bafana squad of 23 that will be named next month for the Confederations Cup.”

Bafana head coach Joel Santana, who named a provisional squad of 30 players earlier this month, will have to wield the axe and trim the squad to 23 in accordance with the competition rules.

Modubi said: “The fact we have 30 players in the squad means competition for places is strong. To me that is a good thing as it keeps everybody on their toes …

“I now have four caps and want to go on and become a regular in the Bafana set-up,” said Modubi.

“I know the ball is in my court and we all know how big the Confederations Cup is and it will be the door to playing in the 2010 World Cup finals, and I am excited about the prospect.” — Sapa.

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