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Bafana and Wits midfielder Jabulani Shongwe hungry for goals

Posted: 2 October 2015 Time: 13:14

Bidvest Wits and Bafana Bafana midfielder Jabulani Shongwe tells KickOff.com that he’s happy to have improved on a critical aspect of his game that concerned him last season.

Shongwe, who is in the Bafana squad to play Costa Rica and Honduras on October 9 and 14 respectively in Central America, says he is delighted with his start to the season.

“It is great to start the season on a good note, so I’m grateful to have started well and I’m scoring. But obviously there are some things that I must work on and I have to work hard in everything I do,” he says.

“I looked at my stats for last season (32 starts, 3 subs and 1 goal in all competitions) and I was disappointed in myself, because the season before I had scored about four or five goals and I only scored one last season. As an attacking midfielder you have to get more goals and scoring one was disappointing for me. It was good that I was playing, but I needed to score more and now I have two goals (from seven appearances this season), so I’m glad there are signs that I have improved from last season,” Shongwe says.

The Witbank-born midfielder believes he is on the right track to win a regular place in the national team.

Shongwe adds: “I’m happy to be part of the national team, because there are too many players in the country and they want that chance. So I’m happy to get the call-ups and I must work hard to get to play (for Bafana). You have to start somewhere and I’m grateful that I’m getting the call ups. The Bafana Bafana coach [Shakes Mashaba] has faith in me and that’s encouraging.”

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