‘I was on vacation with my wife, and we had to cut that short,’ – GIVEN MSIMANGO REVEAL DETAILS OF HIS BAFANA CALL-UP

Kaizer Chiefs defender Given Msimango has shared details of how he got the news that he has been called up to be part of the Bafana Bafana squad that will take on Nigeria and Zimbabwe in the ongoing World Cup qualifiers.

Msimango who received the call while on vacation with his wife had to cut the trip short in order to join the Bafana squad who were set to travel to Uyo to square off against Nigeria in a game that ended up in a 1-1 stalemate.

The 27-year-old former TS Galaxy player had to replace Mamelodi Sundowns’ Grant Kekana who suffered an injury and had to leave the camp in order to focus on healing.

 “I was very excited, to be honest, when I was called up, I was on a vacation with my wife. I got the news that I needed to report for camp because there’s been an injury to Grant. I was very happy. The circumstances of the call-up didn’t matter, to be honest. For me, it was to be part of the group so that I can grow, learn and be part of the experience and the journey. I am happy to be here to represent my country.”

Bafana Bafana is gearing up for their clash against Zimbabwe which is set to take place this evening at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein kicking off at 18:00. They are currently sitting fourth on the Group C standings with four points having played three games.

Hugo Broos’ side is three points behind group leaders Benin who are currently on seven points following their resounding 2-1 win against Nigeria yesterday. A victory for South Africa will put them on equal points with Benin and boost their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

Broos described this match as a must-win clash given the fact that they did not encounter many challenges during their preparations. He expressed that his side always experiences difficulties when facing Zimbabwe.

“It won’t be easy. Zimbabwe lost 2-0 against Lesotho, but the first goal was not a chance. It was the goalkeeper’s mistake. The second was a nice goal and they had another chance. For the rest, it was Zimbabwe who were the better team. They’re a tough team. Always difficult for South Africa to play against Zimbabwe, so it will not be different. But I’m happy my players will be [rested]. They will not be exhausted anymore. We will physically be 100 percent. Said Broos.

“There are no injuries. Maybe a little doubt on Percy (Tau), but there will be no problem for the game, so we have to win it. I will not be happy if we don’t win it.” The coach concluded.

Written by Siphesihle Soni