MOTIVATED: Tsepo Masilela hopes to repay coach Gordon Igesund’s faith in him. Picture: Getty Images
Kaizer Chiefs left-back Tsepo Masilela has vowed to make the most of the opportunity handed to him by Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.
Masilela got a call up for the friendly international against Malawi next week.
The coach’s move was a huge show of confidence in the former Maccabi Haifa and Getafe player’s credentials. Masilela has represented the country 44 times.
Masilela last donned a Bafana jersey in June and has been sidelined by injury ever since. He admits the call-up was a pleasant surprise, coming after playing just three matches for new club Kaizer Chiefs.
Masilela paid tribute to his teammates at Naturena, whom he credits for his new-found motivation and form.
“You know, it is always good to be back in action. To make things even better for me, I get a national team call-up,” Masilela said.
While the situation could not be more promising for him, the defender still has to negotiate a few curve balls towards reclaiming his position in the team though. Masilela not only realises this but he welcomes the competition and will use it as inspiration to up his performance to get into the final 23-player final squad to be announced on December 30.
With Igesund clearly enamoured with the abilities of Slovakia-based Ricardo Nunes, the battle appears to be between Masilela and Orlando Pirates’ Thabo Matlaba for the left-back position.
“I have worked very hard and my teammates have helped me. Yes, there is tough competition in my position but that’s what motivates me to keep on working hard because I compete with good players. All in all, I am happy that I am back with Bafana,” he said.
Bafana Bafana will play their last match of the year against The Flames of Malawi on December 22 at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.