Steve Komphela challenges Golden Arrows players to earn Bafana call-ups

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He was speaking at the media open day ahead of Saturday's Nedbank Cup quarterfinal against Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Molemela Stadium.

Komphela was asked if his international players who were involved in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers – Maximillian Mbaeva (Namibia), Divine Lunga, Danny Phiri and Knox Motizwa (Zimbabwe) – are in good spirits after qualifying for this year's edition in Egypt.

He questioned the seriousness of South African players of challenging for Stuart Baxter to notice them and also believes if they can be responsible enough, they can make it easier for the Bafana Banana coach to not stress too much about injuries to certain players.

"It's good for confidence, but the question is why the rest of the South Africans players didn't help Bafana to qualify for AFCON? Why were Arrows players not in the national team? I'm not only focusing on international players," he said.

"South African players must stop being lazy, they must be responsible enough to challenge for a national team call-up, why must we have stress whenever others are injured? These players must be ready to be called for Bafana Bafana to make Stuart Baxter's job easy."

Komphela made it clear that he would love to see Golden Arrows players change their mindset when it comes to the national team and start dreaming big.

"I challenge Golden Arrows players to wake up, be ready to be in that Bafana team," he added. "I've done that and I know for a fact that playing for your national team is a great [source of] pride."