Makola plotting Bafana return
Posted: 14 July 2017 Time: 09:30
Orlando Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola is determined to get back into the Bafana Bafana side in time to play at the Fifa World Cup in Russia next year.
Makola’s inconsistent form for the Buccaneers last season cost him his place in the senior national side, with a number of other players having since raised their hands to attract the attention of new coach Stuart Baxter.
Under former Bafana tactician Shakes Mashaba, Makola had become a regular in the squad and featured in key African Nations Cup and World Cup qualifying matches.
“I was a bit inconsistent. You need to be consistent to do well and that’s something I am really going to work hard on. It’s my dream to go to the World Cup in Russia, but at the same time we have so many qualities in the national team,” Makola tells KickOff.com.
“For me to be in the national team, I need to do well at Pirates and maybe I will get my chance again,” he adds.
Makola was impressed with Bafana’s performance in the 2-0 victory over Nigeria in Uyo last month where, thanks to goals from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau, Bafana registered a first-ever win in a competitive match over the Super Eagles.
“We have a solid national team and we just need to believe that we are way better than some of our African counterparts,” Makola continues. “The win against Nigeria was fantastic, especially watching from outside. The guys really made us proud.”
Bafana have back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde in September and they need to win both matches to enhance their chances of qualifying for a World Cup for the first time since 2002 - aside from their 2010 participation which came via their status as host nation.