local soccer 4.10.2016 01:13 pm

Nhlapo deserves Bafana call-up – Johnson

Isaac Nhlapo  of Platinum Stars (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Isaac Nhlapo of Platinum Stars (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson believes Isaac Nhlapo deserves his Bafana Bafana call-up, saying the defender has been playing well for Dikwena.

Nhlapo was called up by Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba as replacement for injured Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee.

“As a team we are happy with Nhlapo’s call-up. He has been putting in the hard work. I think this season and last season, he has really cemented his place within our team. We are happy for him, and we just hope he goes out there and represents.

“We are happy with the fact that Bafana people are looking at him. It’s credit to his ability to perform and stay in the team all the time,” Johnson told the club’s website.

“I think last season was his first full season in the PSL where he was able to play many games. That sort of cemented his place in the team. From there onwards he hasn’t looked back. I know last season he missed a few games due to injury, but this season he has come back and done the job well. We are happy with that.”

Bafana leave for Ouagadougou today (Tuesday), where they’ll take on Burkina Faso in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

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