Jabu Maluleke still open to Bafana Bafana call-up

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Jabulani Maluleke
Jabulani Maluleke
Despite being 37, Polokwane City midfielder Jabu Maluleke says he would be open to the opportunity of playing for Bafana Bafana.
 
Maluleka has been in fine form for Rise and Shine this season and is one of the candidates for the player of the season at the PSL Awards at the end of the season.
 
However, despite being consistent in his performances over the past few years, the former Black Leopards midfielder has always been overlooked for national team selection.
 
With Bafana Bafana going to Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations in June, it remains to be seen if the national team coach Stuart Baxter would entertain the idea of bringing City's star player into the  Bafana fold this time around.
 
"It all depends on upstairs [office of national team selectors]. I am here to enjoy my football with my current team," Maluleke tells KickOff.com.
 
"If anything comes I am okay, but for now I am focusing on my team [Polokwane City]."
 
Maleleke has attributed his good form this season, despite his age, to hard work and dedication.
 
"It's about hard work and dedication. If you love something, you must keep pushing. Thats what I am doing. I keep myself away from a lot of [bad] things. Lifestyle is important. If you live a clean life you will play for a long time," he explains.
 
The Rise and Shine midfielder remains one of the oldest players still playing football in the PSL and that list included Moeneeb Josephs and Siyabonga Nomvethe. Maluleke has not yet decided when to hang up his soccer boots.
 
"I am left with one year [on my contract with Polokwane City] and I will take it from there," he adds.