Kaizer Chiefs defender Austin Dube has revealed how being snubbed from the most recent Bafana Bafana squad has motivated him towards a future call-up.
Having starred for South Africa during Bafana Bafana's 2021 COSAFA Cup triumph earlier this year, Dube earned a high-profile move to Kaizer Chiefs from Richards Bay and appeared set to become a mainstay in the national team set-up.
That has not immediately happened, however, after the 28-year-old was overlooked for the most recent Bafana squad by head coach Hugo Broos for the nation's back-to-back 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia.
Dube has not been disheartened by his omission and claims that Broos' decision has only motivated him to work even harder in order to secure his spot in the 23-man squad for the final round of group stage qualifiers next month.
"That [being left out] was a motivation for me to work even harder so that I can be called to the next Bafana Bafana camp," Dube told Kaizer Chiefs' media team. "It was a motivation. I have to work hard to be in the national team, I have to work hard to play in the national team."
The six-cap centre-back has made four appearances for the Amakhosi this season, all of which have come in the DStv Premiership, and will be looking to impress in the club's upcoming fixtures in order to regain his national team status.
Scroll through the gallery to see how Broos compares to his Bafana predecessors after four matches in charge