Pirates started their pre-season training on Wednesday, and Ntshumayelo wants his teammates to take it serious as it will help them do well when the season starts.
“We have a tough opening match in the Champions League, so it will be important for us to start our pre-season well,” said Ntshumayelo.
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Ntshumayelo also spoke about his time with the national team after being selected by Gordon Igesund to be part of the Bafana team that played in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
“Being a national team player is something special. You are basically the face of your country. It is an honour for any player to represent his nation,” he said.
The former SuperSport United midfielder added that he wants to cement his position in the Pirates midfield which would enable him to earn more Bafana caps.
“I have to set some goals for myself for the new season. Playing more regularly with Pirates is one of them and obviously to play in the national team.