TS Galaxy coach Dan Malesela has spoken about the importance of national teams after his captain Given Msimango recently received a call-up to the national under-23 squad.
Msimango is part of David Notoane’s 22-man squad who will participate in two friendly matches against Saudi Arabia on 14 and 16 November in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in preparation for next year’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games.
His coach Malesela, has heaped praise on the lanky defender, who was crowned Young player of the Season at the Highlands Park end of season awards and named as one of Galaxy’s captains alongside Bevan Fransman and Karabo Tshepe.
“I’m happy for him, I wish that he can represent us, the club and the country with distinction, Malesela told TS Galaxy’s official website
“Hopefully, he will do well and then bring back something. That also empowers us as a club to have a young leader doing well for the country. I was just saying to the other players the other day, sometimes the life of football is so amazing. This boy (Given) was not a regular at Highlands Park. All of a sudden he comes here, he get a regular starting berth. Not only that but he becomes the captain of the team. The next thing, he gets a call-up to the national team. That’s how amazing this game of football is. That’s how quick things can turn around.
Malesela, who has firm roots in player development has stressed the importance of playing for the national team, as it provides players with an opportunity to better their lives financially and otherwise.
“I was saying this because sometimes, some players turn to feel sorry for themselves. You are here, you are earning R60 000 and the next thing you play, and you play well and the next thing you find yourself signing a contract that is a worth a million. You never know whether it is here or outside. When he goes to the national team, he goes there to sell himself. You might never know what will happen in football as long as you have the perseverance,” Malesela said.