Moon: This is just the beginning
Posted: 20 March 2018 Time: 13:00
Kaizer Chiefs striker Ryan Moon has welcomed his Bafana Bafana call-up and is relishing the opportunity to learn from his senior peers.
Moon earned his second international call-up last week, when Stuart Baxter named his 25-man squad to partake in a four-nations tournament in Zambia this week.
The Amakhosi frontman has made three previous senior national team appearances, albeit part of a makeshift, local-based squad for the CHAN qualifiers last year, during which he scored on debut against Botswana.
Now that he will form part of a much stronger Bafana unit which includes international stars, Moon insists that it is of no more significance than his previous camps.
“Bafana is Bafana, guys. When Spain calls up their young team, they don’t say it’s the second Spain, it’s Spain at the end of the day,” defended Moon.
“But it feels great to be a part of Bafana on a whole, so I’m just looking forward to the challenge… It really motivates me.
“The more I achieve, the more I want to work harder. There’s still a lot I want to achieve as a footballer, so this is just the beginning.”
Following an injury-hampered start to the 2017/18 season, the 21-year-old Maritzburg United youth graduate rose to prominence by scoring five goals in six appearances, catching the attention of Baxter.
Moon says his call-up was unsurprising as he had put in the effort to earn his shot, and is now looking forward to learning from some of the established internationals in Zambia.
“For me, my aim has just been to work hard and give myself a shot to put my name in the hat for the call-up,” he added.
“I’m looking forward to learning from the big players – your [Bongani] Zungus, [Keagan] Dollys, [Kamo] Mokotjos – that play overseas. It’s good to rub shoulders with and learn from them.
“It’s another chance to also learn from the coach [Baxter], and I’m really looking forward to the camp.”