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Shitolo: I never gave up on national team call-up

Gladwin Shitolo (TEAMtalk)
Gladwin Shitolo (TEAMtalk)

Golden Arrows defender Gladwin Shitolo expressed his delight after earning a call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad, describing it as a "great feeling".

The 30-year-old hadn't been selected for South Africa since 2014, when coach Gordon Igesund gave him his chance, but national team head coach Molefi Ntseki has called up the former Orlando Pirates man for the clash against Sao Tome e Principe, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I've reached a point in life where I believe that everything happens for a reason. Yes, I was looking forward to the camp but there's nothing I can do. All you can do is to accept," Shitolo told IOL.

"It's something that I've been praying for. It is a great feeling to be recognized by the national selectors."

He added: "I never gave up. I remember when there was a crossover night at our church - we always have crossover night on the 31st of December and our spiritual father declared and said the waiting is over.

"I didn't know what I was waiting for but I believe in those words.

"I wasn't surprised about my Bafana Bafana call-up. You know when you are praying with faith and you are expecting something to happen. I was expecting the call-up. I wasn't surprised but I was emotional about how God has been. I've given my career to God.

"The ability that I have is from him. It humbles me to see God working in my life. It motivates me to be a good human being no matter what."

Shitolo has been a crucial player for Arrows coach Steve Komphela this campaign as he has featured in 25 games thus far.

- TEAMtalk media

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