When Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund named a 23-man squad to face Morocco in an international friendly match, he included five uncapped players, namely Kgosi Ntlhe, Kamogelo Mokotjo, Keagan Dolly, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Ayanda Patosi.
Mokotjo has since withdrawn from the squad due to an ankle injury.
But the four remaining players are upbeat about being in the national team. One of them is Bidvest Wits captain Vilakazi.
When he was told about his inclusion into the squad for Morocco, Vilakazi was over the moon.
“It was a very exhausting trip from home to Agadir, but now that we are here and having rested a bit I am very excited to be here with the boys. It is always nice to be among the national team set up,” said Vilakazi.
“So far I have had good interactions with most of the guys whom I know very well from the PSL. Normally we are on opposite ends for our clubs, but it’s great to be together for national duty. Hopefully, on Friday we are going to do the job,” said Vilakazi.
His roommate Dolly echoed his sentiments.
“We have enjoyed ourselves so far in the camp. The spirit is just amazing and overwhelming. It is good being here with the guys; I feel like I have been part of the squad for a long time,” said Dolly of Ajax Cape Town.
Both players are aware of the competition for places in the national team but added they are ready to grab their chances should they be given an opportunity.
“Like any other player, I am looking forward to the match on Friday. If I don’t play it is still ok because just being here is fulfilling and a step in the right direction. I am here to learn and get some experience and with time, I will make some contribution,” said Dolly.
“I would definitely love to get an opportunity against Morocco, but if it doesn’t happen I will still be excited to have been a part of this group and will look forward to the future. Given an opportunity I will make good use of it,” concluded Vilakazi.
Bafana Bafana face the Lions of the Atlas on Friday, 11 October 2013 in Agadir City in Morocco.