Dino: I'm not one of those selfish players
Posted: 11 October 2018 Time: 16:00
Bafana Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu says he’s never held any animosity towards the coach over his omission from the national team and has no demands to play.
Having been a standout performer with 18 goals in 21 appearances for his Chinese second division club Zhejiang Greentown this season, Ndlovu finally made it into Stuart Baxter’s squad for the upcoming fixtures against Seychelles.
The 28-year-old’s arrival in camp was delayed after his flight from China was twice postponed, eventually arriving in Johannesburg on Tuesday night.
Despite the troubles, the former Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United attacker is delighted to be part of the setup and is aware that he faces the possibility of missing out this weekend owing to his late arrival.
“It’s a good feeling, it’s always a really amazing feeling when you go to social media and your name is up there with other brilliant players being called up to the national team,” said Ndlovu.
“But, I can’t complain [about the prolonged journey]. Eventually I arrived after two-and-a-half days on the road, but I’m glad to finally be here with the national team.
“I need to support everyone who’s here. For me, I think the national team is much more important than me as an individual, and I don’t want to be selfish and put myself before the team by saying, ‘This and that needs to be done’.
“So, the players the coach thinks need to play this weekend will have my 100 percent full support.”
On being overlooked in recent months, Ndlovu insists he never took issue with the snub and reveals he has been in constant contact with Baxter regarding his progress and his standing with Bafana.
“I’ve never complained. Even if the coach hasn’t called me, I’ve never been one to complain. The good thing is that I’ve had a good relationship with coach Stuart,” he noted.
“He doesn’t owe me an explanation to say, ‘Okay, Dino, I didn’t call you because of this, this and this’ – he doesn’t owe me that.
“But, I respect him enough because even when I was doing well he would come and say, ‘Dino, this and this is what I’m looking for’. He gave me that encouragement that, even if I’m not in the team, the coach is noticing what I’m doing.
“So, as I’ve said, it’s not about me anymore. The team needs to [qualify]. How long ago did Bafana qualify for AFCON? How long ago did we qualify for the World Cup?
“I don’t want to be one of the selfish players that put my beliefs and desires to the coach and say I need to play. Whoever the technical team thinks is ready to play this weekend, they’ve got my full support.”