Cape Town City defender Terrence Mashego says his Bafana Bafana call up has not come as a big surprise.
Mashego is among a host of new faces with the national team camp including, Tshegofatso Mabasa and Thabang Zuke, for a World Cup qualifying double-header against Ethiopia next month.
The former TS Galaxy defender has been in fine form for the Citizens this season resulting in a deserved call-up by Hugo Broos.
"I was expecting the call up because since the start of the season I have been pushing hard," Mashego tells Kickoff.com.
"It all started during the pre-season, and I told myself that this is my second season in PSL and I need to push hard for the national team call up.
"I am excited as it is every player's dream to receive a national team call-up. This is a dream come true.
Mashego also hailed CT City coach Eric Tinkler for the role he played in his career so far this season.
"There are many people who have played a big role in my career," Mashego added.
"Coach Bra Jerry who was my coach at Morning Stars. He was more like a father figure to me.
"He used to buy me clothes and soccer boots. Coach Bushy Moloi also played a role in parts of my development.
"Pontsho Madumo for believing in me, I remember in 2019, him telling me that I must be in the squad to go to Qatar in 2022.
"Then also coach Eric Tinkler, he is the reason I have been doing well this season.
"He has made it possible for me to realise my potential."
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