In-demand Black Leopards attacker Lesedi Kapinga says he is ready to move to a big club and is not fazed by the expectations that come with it.
Kapinga, whose contract comes to an end on July 1, has been heavily linked with joining Mamelodi Sundowns or Orlando Pirates for next season.
The 24-year-old is well aware of the sometimes-unrealistic expectations that come with playing for the likes of Sundowns and Pirates.
But he is still willing to cope with that if it means having a shot at playing for Bafana Bafana, which he reveals is the number one priority.
"I will go for option one," Kapinga told KickOff.
"My reason being that each and every player wishes to play for the national team, whereby you will be supported by the whole nation should I say.
"So, there's no way that a nation can be just a couple of people, but it will be a lot of them in the stands. So, it's always a good thing to get used to the environment and the atmosphere.
"Sometimes things will not go your way but mentally you will take it and be okay. You must be strong enough to take criticism. It makes you grow as a player. Being in a comfort zone is not a good thing, whereby you end up losing your feet.
"It's about how mentally strong you are, because at some point if you take all the credit that you are doing well, you must as well be strong enough to take the criticism.
"But in order for you to be okay when you take criticism, you must channel out all the bad things about it and turn them into a good thing, so that you can be a better player."
- TEAMtalk media