Despite doing well at club level, Bafana Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu says he feels he was not given a fair chance by former coaches to play for the national side.
The China-based striker says he wants to help coach Stuart Baxter's men beat Seychelles to restore the team's pride against what he called minnows.
“With all due respect to my previous coaches here in SA, and they were all good coaches, but I don’t think I ever got a real chance to show what I can do,” said Ndlovu as quoted by IOL.
“I will be selfish if I put my needs ahead of the team’s. I want to get a chance, but what is important is for the team to win,” he added.
“We want the three points because we are the bigger team on paper, but we know Seychelles will up their game,” said the Hangzhou Greentown striker.
Although the South Africans opened their Group E account with a convincing 2-0 win over Nigeria last year, they failed to beat Libya in their second match of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers at home last month.
The team came under severe criticism in the wake of their 0-0 draw against the North Africans at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and will now want to secure a win as they return to the Calabash.
Heading to this clash against the Islanders, they are somewhat under pressure to bag six points over of the two-legged affair to boost their chances of qualifying for Cameroon next year.
However, the former SuperSport United forward said people must not be shocked by their win over the Super Eagles.
“People always say we are the underdogs against Nigeria and it’s a shock when we beat them. I can maybe turn that conversation around to say maybe the likes of Libya and Seychelles aim to do better against us. We are bigger on paper,” he concluded.
With Baxter looking for goals upfront, he could be forced to turn to Ndlovu and the likes of Lebo Mothiba to cause all sorts of problems for the Pirates.
The 1996 African champions currently sit second in the group with four points behind the Mediterranean Knights who have a superior goal difference.