Singh 'not surprised' by Bafana call-up

Singh got the nod for his first senior national team camp from acting head coach Owen da Gama last week, following his displays with Amajita at the recent CAF Under-20 Youth Championships in Zambia.

The 19-year-old finished as the tournament's joint-top goalscorer with four goals to his name in five games, after netting a hat-trick in their opening match.

The Noordgesig-born frontman joined Portuguese side Braga earlier this year, and despite conceding that his call-up has come earlier than expected, he believes it comes as a worthy reward for his good form and hard work.

"It's been a busy six months. It's a dream come true to play for Bafana. I never saw myself playing for Bafana at age 19. My target was 21," Singh told reporters upon the U-20 team's return from Lusaka on Monday.

"But then again, I have worked hard, so I'm not surprised."

Bafana will face Guinea-Bissau and Angola in back-to-back friendlies at the end of the month, and Singh is looking forward to linking up with his internationally-based countrymen such as Keagan Dolly and Thulani Serero.

"I'll get an opportunity to be with Keagan Dolly. There's Thulani Serero as well. I have looked up to these players. Training with them will be a big thing for me.

"Scoring has always been part of my game. It's something I have to take there [to Bafana]," he added.

The squad is set to assemble in Johannesburg on Sunday, before departing for Durban, where they will host the Wild Dogs next Saturday.

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