Aubrey Ngoma ready to prove his worth after receiving maiden call-up to Bafana Bafana
Posted: 25 May 2017 Time: 16:19
Cape Town City star Aubrey Ngoma admits he is honoured to have been selected for the Bafana Bafana squad but knows he cannot afford to rest on his laurels in the national team.
Ngoma was today included in Stuart Baxter's 25-man squad that will take on Nigeria next month in African Nations Cup qualifying action, making it the first time the former Orlando Pirates player's talents has been recognised by a national team coach.
However, despite receiving his maiden call-up, the Citizens superstar knows the hard work starts now as he looks to forge an international career with South Africa.
"It's a great honour to be selected for the national team,” Ngoma tells KickOff.com.
"It shows you are rewarded for the hard work you've been doing, but to be called is one thing and having to do the job is another. I still have to go there and do the job I'm required to do.
“[But] I shouldn't be over excited, you can't get carried away because of a call-up, only to find yourself failing to deliver where it matters most."
Ngoma says at this stage he can't promise anything to the nation, preferring instead to let his actions on the field do the talking.
He says: "This is my first call up, but that I can't answer or promise. I prefer to do the job on the field."
Ngoma admits he remains in the dark over why he had previously been ignored by former Bafana Bafana coaches but refused to blame anyone for the snubs.
"I don't know, some coaches see different things in players. Maybe it shows I haven't been doing well or there was something that I wasn't doing right then, that I'm doing right at the moment,” he continues.
Ngoma says he found out about his selection at the Citizen's training session earlier today.
"I heard about it during our training session this morning. Our media guy [Julian Bailey] was there because we were getting our quarter cheque from the PSL guys, who were there for winning the PSL quarter. I heard him screaming my name so loud but because we were still training I couldn't understand what he was saying. Immediately after we finished training I saw everyone congratulating me and Lebo [Manyama] for being called up," he adds.