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Bucs Defender Delighted With Bafana Debut

Orlando Pirates Defender Happy To Play For Bafana Bafana

By Soccer Laduma - Mar 26, 2018 01:50 PM

An Orlando Pirates defender, who made his debut for the South African senior national team over the weekend, is happy with the progress he is making in his career.

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Innocent Maela was in coach Stuart Baxter’s line-up as Bafana Bafana beat Zambia 2-0 in their Four Nation tournament match at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday.

The defender told Pirates’ official website about the match.   

“You always remember the first time. I remember the first boots I ever got, the first professional game I ever played, even the first shibobo,” said Maela.

“All players dream of representing the country of their birth and I am no different, I aim to continue improving at club level so that I can get more opportunities to represent my country.

“Making my debut for Bafana Bafana was honour and a privilege. I never thought it would happen so soon. It felt remarkable to don the national colours, a dream come true,” he said. 

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“It has always been a dream of mine to represent the country. Ever since I was a small boy, I pictured myself playing for Bafana Bafana. When you play international football you face the best players that a country has to offer and you see a different level of your game.

“The experience of being in the national team is priceless. I am grateful to the technical team for having the confidence in me and for giving me an opportunity to play. Without them, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity to represent my country. I also want to thank the Bafana Bafana coach Mr Baxter for having given me this opportunity.

“It’s a life-changing experience playing for Bafana, it comes with a lot of responsibility and there’s no room for mistakes. You stand side-by-side with your teammates and fight for your nation. It gives you a lot of humility and sees things from a bigger perspective. It’s bigger than the team.

“It is crazy how quickly things have been happening. Sometimes I need to pinch myself to remind myself of what is happening. Fortunately, I have people around me who are helping me to remain grounded. I am still focussed on improving my craft and hopefully, I can continue improving so that I can make a positive difference to my club and country.

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“The speed at which my career is moving is quite scary when you think of it, but everything has its time and whenever you believe in God and stay faithful to Him, then remarkable things happen in a short space of time. I’m truly humbled by how God continues to exceed my expectations,” concluded the defender. 


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truganjaman Joined: 14 Jul 2017
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truganjaman Mar 27, 2018 06:33 AM
O nshapela left back e mnate ntwana u remind me yo brother tshepo. keep the good work poi. via Bucs
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KingStina Joined: 02 Jan 2015
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KingStina Mar 26, 2018 07:35 PM
Ayi soccerladuma he was not playing for the first time, he made his debut last year in the first round of the Chan qualifiers.
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chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless Mar 26, 2018 03:28 PM
@mbixane focus chief focus ok don't be that guy
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chiefs is useless Mar 26, 2018 03:26 PM
Its a pity we didn't get to watch the game but I hope you had a stunner as always!
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Leqebalakabomo Mar 26, 2018 02:58 PM
We gunning for league championship. Hope you fit and ready for the team. I am also happy for you. The experience you gained will definitely help us lift the PSL trophy...
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mbixane Mar 26, 2018 02:28 PM
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mbixane Mar 26, 2018 02:28 PM
Keep your cool boy and do what you do best and congratulations to Bafana debut by the way. I hope you will get more call up from the Bafana Bafana.
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Alusta Joined: 07 Apr 2011
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Alusta Mar 26, 2018 02:07 PM
Keep it up boy, you are good at what you do and deserve that call up

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