SuperSport United veteran and former Bafana Bafana skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo reaffirms his availability for national team duty after a four-year hiatus.

The seasoned defender, who boasts a comprehensive international career with 54 caps for South Africa, remains eager to don the national colours despite his last appearance dating back to November 2020.

Addressing journalists at the recent MultiChoice Player Transition graduation ceremony, Hlatshwayo emphasized his commitment, stating, “I think I made it clear that it’s always an honour to represent your country and I made it clear during the SuperSport awards that I haven’t retired from the national team, so I’m still available.”

At 34 years old, Hlatshwayo would inject experience into the squad alongside fellow veterans Themba Zwane and Thabang Monare. However, he faces stiff competition for a starting berth, with Bafana coach Hugo Broos having various options in the centre-back position.

Broos, known for his strategic selections, recently shifted his focus to a younger defensive setup, evidenced by the inclusion of FCBS’s Siyabonga Ngezana over established names like Siyanda Xulu. However, logistical hurdles saw Ngezana’s withdrawal from the squad, prompting a reevaluation of defensive choices.

Despite recent challenges, Bafana prepare to face Algeria on Tuesday night at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Baraki, Algiers, aiming for an improved performance following a 1-1 draw against Andorra. 

As the team navigates through selection dilemmas, Hlatshwayo remains eager to contribute his wealth of experience to the national cause, eager to make his mark once again on the international stage.