“For me, a call-up is always a call-up, it does not matter whether it is a Chan, Cosafa, Afcon or World Cup qualifier,” Nhlapo told the media.
The Soweto-born player was loaned out to Highlands Park for the second half of last season, and he is keen use the call-up to good effect.
In addition, Nhlapo will be looking to earn his ninth cap in Francistown against a side that will be buoyed by the arrval of coach Major David Bright.
“This gives you a chance to work with the coach and be in the (national team) set-up. For us to assemble as we did is a great opportunity to go experience what we have never experienced before,” Nhlapo said.
“I do not think there is a player here (in the squad) who has played in a Chan match before. So, it is a great opportunity for everyone. The PSL and continental football are not the same. Chan will give us a taste of playing against other African countries. Scouts might be there and we have youngsters in the team. It can be a breakthrough for them,” Nhlapo said.
Nhlapo made his Bafana debut three years ago in a goalless draw with New Zealand under the tutelage of Gordon Igesund.
He acknowledges that as a senior player in the current side, his duty is to make the younger players feel at ease.
“When I first joined the national team I found senior players like Yeye (Reneilwe Letsholonyane) and Bernard Parker and they welcomed me. Now, I will also do that to these youngsters in the team,” Nhlapo said.