“He (Khune) wasn’t there when they played the qualifier and I wasn’t called up which made a lot of people think he (Stuart Baxter - Bafana coach) will call me. If I get call then I am happy if not then…” Mbatha told Phakaaathi.
Baxter decided to include Chiefs goal-minder Bruce Bvuma, SuperSport United vice-captain Ronwen Williams and Darren Keet from Bidvest Wits in the Bafana squad that faced Libya in their final 2019 Afcon qualifier two months ago.
“Coach Cavin (Johnson - AmaZulu coach) had a chat with me and said I should focus on AmaZulu and do well. If the people who select the Bafana squad felt I have done well, they will call me. He told me I shouldn’t feel like I am entitled to getting a call-up because that will stop me from growing,” he added.
“I think I have focused more on the team now, if I do get a call-up I will be happy, if I don’t get it then maybe coach Stuart feels I lack somewhere and I am not what he needs for Bafana,” concluded the Usuthu number one.
Mbatha has played 26 matches in all competitions for AmaZulu thus far this season - conceding 32 goals in the process.
His exploits have kept legendary shot-stopper Moeneeb Josephs on the bench at Usuthu.