Nhlapo talks about his Bafana call-up

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Having cut short his holiday, the Parys-born defender is already in Johannesburg where he has joined the Bafana Bafana camp.

“I received a call on Sunday night from the Celtic management asking me if I knew I was in the team. I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it. I said to myself, ‘no, it can’t be!, “ an excited Nhlapo tells snl24.com/kickoff.

_quoteThe 19-year-old will be the youngest member of the South African side to do duty in Ghana and earns his place in the squad after Mamelodi Sundowns’ defender Vuyo Mere was forced to pull out for allegedly being injured.

The Harmony Academy product only sprung to prominence this season, putting in some eye-catching displays for Phunya Sele Sele in the absence of the injured James Madidilane.

“I have been happy with my form this season and made the most of my opportunity when I was called up to the Celtic side. I aim to do the same with my call-up to the senior national team,” he promises.

Despite the amazing speed at his rise to the top, Nhlapo sounded relaxed and confident when he spoke about the prospect of facing Africa’s best.

“I will be playing along side my boyhood hero Aaron Mokoena and look forward to learning from guys like him and Rhee (Sibusiso Zuma). There is no reason why I can’t hold my own in Ghana and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he says.

“Bafana are in a tough group but our attitude is that we are going to war in Ghana and we will fight for the pride of our country,” he adds.