Orlando Pirates midfielder Xola Mlambo has indicated that he is more concerned with improving than stressing about Bafana Bafana snub.
The midfield maestro has been one of the most consistent players in the PSL this season and many have called for his inclusion in the national team.
“As a professional player you need to know and understand the challenges that comes with being a professional player," Mlambo told The Citizen.
South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter was expected to name Mlambo in the squad which was set face Nigeria in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier and Paraguay in a friendly match last month.
Mlambo was tipped to fill the void left by injured midfielders Dean Furman and Kamohelo Mokotjo, but the English tactician snubbed the Bucs fan-favourite.
"All that talk (about his inclusion in the Bafana squad), I didn’t let go into my head,” the 27-year-old player continued.
“I took it as a motivation for me to work even harder. Because not being given the opportunity to play for the national team, it says, maybe there’s a lot that I still need to do," he said.
Mlambo feels that he still needs to improve as player and that his hard work will soon pay off.
"There are areas that I need to improve on and those are the basis that I need to focus on. That is what I need to focus on, not on why I have not been included,” he continued.
“I’m working on improving myself and the (Orlando Pirates) technical team is helping me to improve. Maybe my hard work will bear fruit and see me playing in the national team,” he concluded.
Mlambo and his Pirates team-mates will face Baroka FC in the 2018 Telkom Knockout Cup final at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.