South African youngster Luther Singh is hoping to take his amazing exploits at the COSAFA Under-20 Championships into the senior competition this year.
The Sporting Braga forward was top-scorer at the 2016 COSAFA Under-20 Championships when he netted five goals, as South Africa finished runners-up to a powerful Zambia selection.
He is now hoping to add to his single senior national team cap earned against Angola in March 2017 when South Africa compete in the quarterfinals of the COSAFA Cup against the winner of Group B on Sunday at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
“It’s an honour to be back in the national team again,” he said. “It has been a while because of the talent we have in this country, so you will never know who will be called up to Bafana Bafana. There have been good players called up not because they are liked but because they are talented.
“I was just working hard as I also love representing my country and we know that not everyone can get a call up. I have been improving myself to be a better person, a better player and I knew the opportunity would come again. It was just a matter of time, I just had to be patient.”
Singh is one of a number of talented youngsters in the South African squad and he says he is looking forward to being part of an exciting squad.
“There’s a good mixture in the squad of less experienced players and those who have been here before. I think with the group we have we can do well in the tournament if we work together as a team.
“We know it won’t be easy but I believe in the group we have and the technical team, and if we play as a unit I don’t think there is anyone that can stop us.
“This is now a different level and it’s not the same as Under-20, but you learn from the experience that you get here. Grab it with both hands because such a chance may not come again.
“But I would like this time to be better because we came second at Under-20, we played the best football that we could play in the tournament, unfortunately we only lost one that game in the final, where it mattered the most.”