Mo­tupa has Bafana in his sights


DUR­BAN: HAV­ING tasted what is it like to com­pete in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment, Or­lando Pi­rates’ at­tack­ing mid­field Gift Mo­tupa, who is on loan at ta­ble-top­ping Baroka FC, has set his sights on be­com­ing a reg­u­lar for Bafana Bafana.

Mo­tupa is one of the top goal scor­ers in the Absa Premier­ship this sea­son, hav­ing net­ted five times. He is level with Rhu­lani Manzini of AmaZulu, both trail­ing Polok­wane City marks­man Rod­ney Ra­m­a­galela by a sin­gle goal.

Mo­tupa was one of the shin­ing stars for South Africa’s Un­der-23 team at the Olympic Games last year in Rio de Janiero.

Hav­ing started like a house on fire in this cam­paign, Mo­tupa is work­ing dili­gently to catch the eye of Bafana coach Stu­art Bax­ter.

“My fo­cus is to play for Bafana Bafana. I have to keep on work­ing hard and the rest will fol­low,” Mo­tupa said.

“In foot­ball you are as good as your last game. If you do well today and you don’t per­form the next game, peo­ple will for­get about you. So I need to be con­sis­tent with my per­for­mances,” he elab­o­rated.

Mo­tupa has al­ready rep­re­sented his coun­try on 10 oc­ca­sions and has man­aged to net four goals.

He was the mem­ber of the tri­umphant Bafana squad that took part in the Cosafa Cup in Zim­babwe a cou­ple of months back.

He also played in the team that failed to qual­ify for the African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship that will be held in Morocco next year.

Mo­tupa also dis­closed his tar­geted num­ber of goals.

“My tar­get is to score 10 goals. If I can score 10, I will be happy be­cause I’ve been get­ting reg­u­lar game time for the past two sea­sons.

“I think that will be bring back my full con­fi­dence and it will mo­ti­vate me to reach my fully po­ten­tial as a player.

“I’m happy that I’m scor­ing and the team is also do­ing well and we are num­ber one on the log. I’m happy for ev­ery­thing,” he said.

Mo­tupa has at­trib­uted his good start to a fair op­por­tu­nity he has been of­fered to show­case his tal­ent at Baroka.

“It is a fair chance that I’m get­ting. That’s why I’m do­ing well,” he said.

“The more you play, the more you get bet­ter. You get chal­lenged and you can see where you can im­prove as a player.

“I think they (Pi­rates) made the right de­ci­sion for me to get game time. It was im­por­tant for me to play week in and week out. I’m happy for that.

My hard work didn’t start here at Baroka but it has been shown here. I’ve been work­ing hard for a while. Al­though I was not play­ing at Pi­rates, I have been work­ing hard. I wanted to make sure that when an op­por­tu­nity like this does fall my way, I can grab it with both hands.”

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