Luther Singh admits he was not surprised by his first call-up to Bafana Bafana
Posted: 14 March 2017 Time: 12:26
South African teenage striker Luther Singh has welcomed his maiden Bafana Bafana call-up and is looking forward to mixing with the big boys.
Singh got the nod for his first senior national team camp from acting head coach Owen da Gama last week, following his displays with Amajita at the recent CAF Under-20 Youth Championships in Zambia.
The 19-year-old finished as the tournament's joint-top goalscorer with four goals to his name in five games, after netting a hat-trick in their opening match.
The Noordgesig-born frontman joined Portuguese side Braga earlier this year, and despite conceding that his call-up has come earlier than expected, he believes it comes as a worthy reward for his good form and hard work.
"It's been a busy six months. It's a dream come true to play for Bafana. I never saw myself playing for Bafana at age 19. My target was 21," Singh told reporters upon the U-20 team's return from Lusaka on Monday.
"But then again, I have worked hard, so I'm not surprised."
Bafana will face Guinea-Bissau and Angola in back-to-back friendlies at the end of the month, and Singh is looking forward to linking up with his internationally-based countrymen such as Keagan Dolly and Thulani Serero.
"I'll get an opportunity to be with Keagan Dolly. There's Thulani Serero as well. I have looked up to these players. Training with them will be a big thing for me.
"Scoring has always been part of my game. It's something I have to take there [to Bafana]," he added.
The squad is set to assemble in Johannesburg on Sunday, before departing for Durban, where they will host the Wild Dogs next Saturday.