Thapelo Morena not yet thinking about leaving Bloemfontein Celtic for Kaizer Chiefs or any of the 'Big Three'
Posted: 1 June 2016 Time: 16:49
Thapelo Morena believes his call-up to Bafana Bafana is due reward for a good season amid talk of a move to one of the ‘Big Three’ – a potential transfer he admits he still needs to think about carefully.
The Bloemfontein Celtic winger was an oasis of hope and inspiration in a team that spent the season battling to get into any form of consistency, so it is no surprise he has found his way into the national team squad to play Gambia on Saturday in an African Nations Cup qualifier.
“I did my best whenever I could and I think that being here [with the national team] is the reward that I now have to show for that I have done my best this past season on the field of play,” Morena tells KickOff.com.
“I feel very honoured and grateful to my club teammates for giving me the powers that got me here and I am very happy to be here now. I will just have to do my best to stay here in the national team. It is a great experience to be here because some of my teammates here in the national team are people that I was looking up to as a kid and now I am playing with them. So it is a great experience to be able to go to them for advice from so close.
“Next up for me is to make sure that I play a very important role against Gambia and make sure I do what I have to do. I have to do what I am good at, which is to create and score goals. From there only God knows what will happen because this is a game of football after all,” he says.
However, with transfer speculation rife at the back of his encouraging season, the 22-year-old has had to deal with many questions around all the reports and rumours.
“About that [moving clubs] I don’t put it on my mind because I know what I have to do. I know that I have a team to play for and I know that in the team that I am attached to right now [Celtic], I get to play,” Morena responds.
“However, whatever gets to happen afterwards, my agent will deal with it. My agent has told me that I really need to focus on the national team for now and after that camp then we will get to talk about all those other things.
“Anything is possible because this is a game of football. Where there is competition, that is where you can express yourself. I cannot really say I want to go [leave Celtic] now or not. For now I am focusing on Bafana Bafana and all those things of going and all that I will see them when I get time to rest and think carefully about it,” he explains.