Cape Town City's Taariq Fielies shocked by Bafana call-up for COSAFA Cup
Posted: 4 May 2018 Time: 10:00
Cape Town City defender Taariq Fielies admits he was flooded with emotion on receiving his maiden Bafana Bafana call-up for Stuart Baxter's preliminary squad of 34 players for the COSAFA Cup.
The 25-year former Ajax Cape Town player has been a pillar of strength for the Citizens since returning to the PSL after spending three seasons with Milano United in the National First Division.
'Tarra', as Fielies is affectionately known, says his inclusion in the national team was a welcome shock.
"Wow! I was totally shocked and pleasantly surprised when my team manager broke the news to me," Fielies tells KickOff.com.
"It still feels very surreal and I'm still flooded with emotions as this call-up means a lot to me. This season has been a good experience with City back in the topflight.
"I also need to take this opportunity to thank my Cape Town City club, the chairman, my coach and all my teammates - this is down to your hard work as well."
The announcement of the final squad of 20 players that will participate in the regional tournament will be made on May 17, and those players must be registered with COSAFA by May 20.
Bafana will assemble on May 26, a day before tournament kicks off in Polokwane. It runs until June 9.