"It was five years ago that I last played. This is soccer, you never know what is around the corner do you?" laughed Buckley, clearly enjoying the moment.
The Maritzburg United man has 72 Bafana caps and 10 goals, but his last appearance in the green and gold was a seven minute cameo (on for Steven Pienaar) on June 21, 2008, away to Sierra Leone in an Africa Cup of Nations/World Cup qualifier, which Bafana lost 0-1.
"I was shocked when I got to training at 3pm today and the guys started congratulating me," he says.
"I guess I have been playing well and this must have impressed the coach.
"I have always kept the door open to play for Bafana and I always honoured my call-ups. It has always been an honour to represent my country."
Buckley, who will be 35 in December, joined Maritzburg at the start of the season after 18 years in Europe, and has added a wealth of experience to Ernst Middendorp's promising squad.
The former Borussia Dortmund, Bochum and Arminia Bielefeld player has been on fire, scoring twice in a shock win over Mamelodi Sundowns, and has won three Man of the Match awards in the six games Maritzburg have played this season.