Gould puts Bafana interests first
Posted: 28 August 2017 Time: 20:39
SuperSport United defender Morgan Gould has put his personal interests aside and says he is ready to give his best in whatever capacity Bafana Bafana needs him.
The 34-year-old centre-back enjoyed a great comeback season with Matsatsantsa and was subsequently named their player of the season at the club’s awards ceremony earlier this month.
Gould’s showing has since seen him earn a recall to the national team under former mentor Stuart Baxter, following a four-year absence.
The former Kaizer Chiefs hard tackler says he will be treating his return as if he has never been at Bafana before, and is hoping to carry his club form into the camp and possibly the two matches against Cape Verde.
“Being away from the national team for four years cuts your supply, so to get recalled you become a new player. For me I’m going to take it as I’m a nobody, I haven’t been there,” said Gould.
“I’m going to give whatever I need to give for the good of the nation, and I’ve done that with SuperSport.
“Hopefully what I’ve done at my club will just filter in when I’m needed to play a part for my national team.
“The guys have done an exceptional job [already] and, if my experience is needed on the day, I’ll definitely try and use that to my advantage.
“But I’m just ecstatic that I’ve been called up, and it just goes to show if you 'slay' in your lane everything will come your way if it should."
Regarding his potential role in Baxter’s setup, Gould has no problem coming off the bench to solidify the defense in the final few minutes, should that be required of him.
“Nothing’s been earmarked, but I know as a footballer what my role is and I know what my capabilities are,” he added.
“To be honest, I can say it gladly and proudly, should we go 1-0 or 2-0 up and he [Baxter] needs me for the last three minutes, I’ll give my three minutes as if I’m playing 90 minutes in a World Cup."