Mamelodi Sundowns' Soumahoro Bangaly will double efforts to get into the Ivorian squad
Posted: 20 April 2018 Time: 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Soumahoro Bangaly says he has to double his efforts to get into the Ivory Coast national team because he plays his football in Africa.
The Ivorian squad is usually made up of players who play their football in Europe, the likes of Serge Aurier, Eric Bailly, Max Gradel and Wilfried Zaha.
In the Ivorian squad that was called up during the international week in March, only one player – goalkeeper Sylvian Gbohouo – is based in Africa.
The 26-year-old Bangaly, however, believes he will get his chance in the Elephants’ squad if Sundowns continue to do well in the CAF Champions League, a competition they won in 2016. Sundowns are in the group stages and have a good opportunity to progress to the knockout phase.
“You know that it’s not easy for the players who are playing in Africa. All national teams are looking at players who are playing in Europe,” the big defender said.
“But Sundowns is a big club and if we are doing well in the Champions League, why can’t I go to the national team? The coach [Pitso Mosimane] wants me to go to the national team and he always says I must play to go to the national team. He says it will be good for me. I am aware of that, but I have to play every game like it’s a final and work hard. It’s every player's dream to play in the national team. I have to double my efforts.”
Ivory Coast failed to qualify for the World Cup, but Bangaly is confident they can bounce back in future.
“If you have big players and they are not coming it’s difficult. It’s a big country and we will come back. We are not going to the World Cup and the coach will do the right thing.”