Ndlovu: I Had That Hope That The Time Will Come
Dino Ndlovu: I Had That Hope That The Time Will Come
South Africa international, Dino Ndlovu, says that he never gave up hope for a Bafana Bafana call-up, saying that he had respected Coach Stuart Baxter’s decision to leave him out of the squad in the country’s previous encounters.
The 27-year-old, who currently plies his trade in Azerbaijan for FK Qarabag, was not included in Baxter’s previous squad who faced Cape Verde last month, in September, despite the player currently doing well for himself on the European scene.
Ndlovu, whose currently playing in the UEFA Champions League with his Qarabag side, has waited a while to be given a look in to the Bafana team under Baxter, but revealed that he never gave up hope for a call-up to don the famous green and gold colours.
“For me, I respected the coach’s statement, the day he was hired as a national team coach. At the end of the day, we play football, whether I play in Azerbaijan, in Mozambique, at the end of the day we are playing soccer, we chasing the one thing, it's football,” Ndlovu told the media.
“I think playing in the Champions League has helped me a lot, we kind of had a decent conversation, me and him (Stuart Baxter) on the phone, and he told me how I will fit in the team. But, basically it is not about me only, it is about the whole country who is going to support the team and we are in a really serious state on the table and we need to overturn that this weekend.”
“For me, you never give up, whether you are getting called are not getting called, at the end of the day I need to perform at club level, the one who puts food on the table for my family, if I get angry and say that I am not going to play because they didn’t call me for the national team, then I am burning bridges for myself. For me I had that hope that the time will come and I think the time is now,” he added.
Bafana will host Burkina Faso on Saturday, October, 07 in a must win 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying encounter.