Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has revealed that he didn't expect to be called up to the South African national team to face Brazil on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old shot-stopper replaced first-choice Itumeleng Khune, who had to withdraw from the squad due to an ankle injury.
"This is a big moment for me," Meyiwa told the Pirates' website. "I did not expect the call. I went through some tough moments in the past few weeks, but I have bounced back stronger," he added.
Meyiwa believes that his call-up to the Bafana team was influenced by his recent performances in the league, and he hopes to be in the starting line-up against the Samba Boys.
"I managed to keep two clean sheets in two high profile matches. So, I think that influenced the coaches’ decision to call me for this match against Brazil.
"I can only grow from here on. I now have a chance to be in goals against the best players in the world. So, it is up to me to graft hard in the next days and hope that I get chosen to be in the starting eleven. I thank the (national team) coaches for the opportunity," concluded Meyiwa.
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