Bafana Bafana rookie hoping to use national call up as a stepping stone to Europe

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Ethan Brooks (Gallo Images)
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Bafana Bafana midfielder Ethan Brooks hopes his time spent with the national team will pave the way for him to play in Europe one day.

The 20-year-old has been a frequent member under new head coach Hugo Broos as he first donned the Bafana colours during the Cosafa Cup earlier this year.

His starring performances at the Cosafa tournament merited the Bafana rookie another call-up for the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Ghana.

Brooks then received another call-up for the upcoming back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia this week.

Speaking to the national team media department, Brooks admitted that he was overwhelmed with excitement to be in the national setup again.

"It is really exciting for me to get another one, and it’s not just any other call-up; it is for the World Cup qualifiers," said Brooks.

"I am learning a lot. For my career, it is something I have always wanted. I am honoured to get another call-up."

The TS Galaxy midfielder remains eager and open to learning from all his performances, especially with Bafana Bafana.

"I am always looking at post-match [videos]. I would like to contribute with goals or assists. That is what I would like to improve on if I do get selected," he continued.

"My hope is to continue doing what I am doing, perform at my highest level and hopefully, with all of these performances, get a chance to go overseas.

"I am looking to go to Belgium at the moment, and if not Belgium, I’d like to go to Italy or Spain."

Brooks and the rest of the Bafana squad travel to the East African country this week for a match on Saturday, 9 October (kick-off is at 15:00), before welcoming the same opponents for the return leg at FNB Stadium on Tuesday, 12 October (18:00).

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