Tshepo Liphoko has given credit to his club AmaZulu following his call up to the national U-20 squad that is expected to travel to St Petersburg, Russia, for the Russian Commonwealth tournament that takes place from 15-26 January.
Liphoko is the only player representing KZN clubs in the squad of 21 boys called into the Amajita camp from around the country. He said if it was not for AmaZulu, he would not be where he is today.
“I am really excited to be called into the national team. I think every young player dreams of representing the country one day. I am most definitely grateful to AmaZulu for the opportunity to be part of their family,” he said.
The former U-17 national captain said having senior players and the likes of Bongani Ndulula in the AmaZulu setup has been a great benefit to him.
“I owe it to the senior players, especially Bongani Ndulula, for always encouraging me to do better at all times. With the team not doing well, I am hoping that whatever I learn from the national camp I will be able to apply it back to the club,” he said.
Amajita leave for the Middle East on Wednesday evening and take on a Qatar Select team on 10 January 2015 in Doha before flying to St Petersburg for the Russian Commonwealth tournament.
The 19- year-old, who attended the Orlando Pirates development programme, said his ultimate goal is to be one of the best players that contributes positively to AmaZulu and the national team.
“As a player it is important to always be positive and expect great things. I am working hard to build a name for myself by doing well for my country and my club. The fact that I was chosen out of thousands of talented players means there is something that the coaches saw in me.
“I will continue to work hard and I hope that this tour will help me to grow in my game,” he concluded.Share