THOUGHTS ON BAFANA
What’s it like working under coach Stuart Baxter at Bafana Bafana?
That’s another experience, a great one. I’m learning a lot of good things from him. It shows that you learn everyday when you meet new people. I’m learning new good things that will help improve my football.
Describe your experience of being with the team in Nigeria ...
The spirit for that game was very vibrant. The coach motivated us and told us we were going to win. As players, we said, “If the coach believes in us, why don’t we believe in ourselves?” Before the game, we said we’d grab our chances and make sure we don’t concede. All we did in that game were the things we’d done at training: playing with four in the middle and four at the back, and shifting three players around. When they lost the ball we caught them on the counter, as they were very slow at the back. That plan really worked on the day.
You hit the bar not once, but twice. What went through your mind?
I was very sad ... we had said that if any of us got a chance we needed to convert it. After my first miss the guys said, ‘Relax, you will get another chance’, and I did. But I hit the pole again. It was tough, but as long as the team won, I was very happy.
“IT’S ANY PLAYER’S DREAM TO PLAY OVERSEAS. SO YES, I DO DREAM OF PLAYING OVERSEAS.”