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Monyane confident Orlando Pirates will release him for 2019 U23 Afcon finals

3:42 PM GMT 10/10/2019
South Africa U20, Thabiso Monyane
The promising player has revealed he spoke to Mokwena about playing for the youth national team

Orlando Pirates utility player Thabiso Monyane is keen to play for South Africa at the 2019 U23 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon) finals.

The defender-come-striker is used to playing in youth international tournaments having represented South Africa at the Fifa U20 World Cup finals in Poland last year.

“We got an amazing experience through the U17's, the Afcon and U20 World Cup. It exposed me a lot and I got to learn a lot of new things," Monyane told Daily Sun.

“I was called up in the U17 national team when I was 15. I have been blessed to be part of that particular set-up and look at me now and it’s mind-blowing."

Monyane, who was nurtured in the Pirates Academy, is pleased with his growth through the ranks in the national set-up.

“This has been an amazing year for me, from the World Cup, first team and now U23 national team. It’s good," he added.

The upcoming U23 Afcon finals which will be hosted by Egypt next month falls outside the Fifa calendar.

However, Monyane is confident Pirates' interim coach Rhulani Mokwena will release him ahead of the continental tournament.

“We had a conversation with Rhulani and we spoke about this issue. He is actually pushing me to go and do more in the national team," he said.

Pirates have endured a poor start to the current season and Monyane remains hopeful the Soweto giants will soon turn the corner.

“We haven’t been doing well this season, but we are looking forward to bouncing back," he concluded.

Pirates, who are winless in their last two PSL matches, will take on Stellenbosch FC at Athlone Stadium on Saturday, October 26.