Luthando Sixhaso says the Kaizer Chiefs goalkeepng department has helped him earn his national under-23 call-up
Posted: 18 March 2016 Time: 20:30
Kaizer Chiefs reserve goalkeeper Luthando Sixhaso has paid tribute to the club's goalkeeping, and is relishing the opportunity to represent his country.
Sixhaso, who turns out for the Amakhosi Multichoice Diski Challenge team, was a surprise call-up to Owen Da Gama's under-23 side to face Brazil in a friendly encounter next weekend.
The 22-year-old says he is excited to finally realise his dream of playing international football, and says advice from Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has helped him improve his game.
“It’s a great feeling [to be included in the under-23 squad],” Sixhaso told his club's official website.
“I have been working very hard over the last few months. I've always wanted to represent the country and now there is an opportunity to do so.”
“The Chiefs goalkeeper department never disappoints. I also get a lot of advice from my fellow ‘keepers, including from Itumeleng Khune, who has been really great.”
With the upcoming friendly set to serve as part of their preperations for the Rio Olympic Games in August, the Nedbank Ke Yona team graduate says he is looking to cement his place in the squad in order to return to Brazil later this year.
“This is just a friendly, but it would be a dream come true to represent the country and, above all, to be selected later on for the squad to go to the Olympics," he added.
"I just have to prove myself and continue to work hard.”