‘Yeye’ on his changing Bafana role

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‘Yeye’ made his international debut back in 2008, in a 3-0 friendly win against Malawi when he came on as a substitute for Teko Modise with six minutes remaining.

He was 26 at the time and a relative youngster in the squad, but ahead of tonight’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo in Polokwane, the Kaizer Chiefs man is the most experienced player.

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“At some stage I was a youngster in this squad without any cap, and I was introduced to this set-up by players who had more experience than me,” Letsholonyane reflects.

“They made me comfortable not only with playing, but also growing. They made feel that it was an honour to wear the national team jersey.

“So I believe I also play that role [these days]. I think it’s not only about playing, but also about guiding the youngsters who are looking up to me to show them the right way, and how to handle themselves on and off the field.” 

Letsholonyane is on the bench for tonight’s game, with Mashaba having named an unchanged line-up for the match.