Bradley Grobler has downplayed his Bafana Bafana importance


Grobler has become a regular feature in the Bafana setup under Stuart Baxter, having been called up in four of the last five international camps.

The 30-year-old’s start to the current season – scoring three goals in three cup appearances for his club – is sure to earn him a return when the squad to face Seychelles in back-to-back AFCON qualifiers next month is named on Monday.

However, the former Turkey-based centre-forward says he has developed no expectations of making the cut, and still enjoys the special feeling that comes with being called up. He also feels things are slowly falling into place based on recent national team camps.

“I wouldn’t say I’m expecting my name to be there. As much as the team always takes criticism, whenever reading your name there it’s still an unbelievable feeling. So, I would be happy to see my name there,” said Grobler.

“I think we have two huge games coming up for Bafana, and personally if I look at the direction the team is going, when we’re in camp the team spirit and the way the coach has us believing now, it’s just going to take one or two wins and qualification for AFCON to get that ball rolling.

“And I think once that ball gets rolling, and with the young players we’ve got coming up, like I’ve said – a lot of people don’t see us in camp, the confidence in the camp is huge, so once we get that ball rolling I think Bafana is in for a good ride.”