Nhlakanipho Ntuli not thinking about international football yet


'Nanana' was tipped for stardom when he broke into The Buccaneers' youth setup before earning a move to Dutch side FC Twente in 2014.

Ntuli also represented the South Africa under-20 national team but faced some challenges in his career, which forced him to miss three years of football.

The Sportis Lochowo midfielder explains why he doesn't think about Bafana Bafana for now.

"When you talk about the national team, it's really a bit of a tricky situation because you know as someone who just got a second chance in the game, you must be honest," Ntuli tells KickOff.com.

"Those are big decisions you have to make as a player, especially one who is in my situation. First thing you need to do is set up a goal and say 'listen, I have to first get back to where I was before'.

"So right now I can't be thinking about national team, because I would be cheating myself."

The former Ea Lla Koto midfielder is merely focused on working hard right now, but he does feel he could challenge for a Bafana spot in two years.

"I'm still 24 years old and I need time, at least one or two years, then I can go back to where I belong," he adds.

"So yeah, with Bafana Bafana it's too early for me, I can't think about it right now. I have to work hard before thinking about getting selected for the national team."