Mamelodi Sundowns legend Daniel 'Mambush' Mudau says he would be getting the same recognition as the likes of Mark Williams and Shaun Bartlett if it was not for the late Philemon 'Chippa' Masinga.
Despite being one of the best strikers South Africa has ever produced after scoring 110 goals for his beloved Sundowns, Mudau only scored three goals in 16 appearances for Bafana Bafana.
Mudau says Masinga was the reason he could not represent his country as much as he would have liked.
"Let me say Philemon Masinga, the late, " Mudau tells KickOff.com.
"He was top. His height and physique and the experience that he had you see. But remember that I have learned a lot from the likes of Chippa. I played with him at Sundowns you know, and then he left and I continued playing with other strikers but I was top. And when I went to the national team he was there and I knew that because of the height or the physique you know, remember I'm short and Chippa's physique was like...but anyway I learned a lot from him.
"That is why at Bafana Bafana whatever he does I would take it back to Sundowns and make sure I instil it at Sundowns. Because of my shortness it was him who was putting me on the bench at Bafana, remember Shaun Bartlett was also tall and had physique. Mark Williams he was also tall he was big you see.
"I took it positive though because I think it made me to grow you see. We were always motivating each other. Definitely I would be in the same level with all three of them coming to Bafana Bafana if it wasn't for him."