Orlando Pirates star Vincent Pule has assured his focus is turned fully towards the national team as they prepare to take on Nigeria this weekend.
Pule is amongst 23 players who will be tasked with seeing Bafana Bafana through their penultimate 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.
The on-form Pirates winger has been included for a third time, albeit his last call-up was disrupted by injury, as he looks to earn the second senior international cap of his career.
The 26-year-old has been impressive this season, managing five goals and three assists in 14 club appearances across all competitions.
Now, it’s time for the former Bidvest Wits attacker to try and replicate this under coach Staurt Baxter, and he has insisted his attention is solely on helping Bafana claim the three points needed to book their spot in Cameroon next year.
“Nothing else matters but victory on Saturday. We look forward to the tough match against Nigeria,” Pule told his club’s website.
“Unlike the Seychelles, who were a closed book, Nigeria are the complete opposite of this. We know what to expect; this is a team that possesses a lot of quality.
“We have been working hard at training. I would say that the mood is fine and we are fully focused on the task that lies ahead.”
Pule made his debut in the goalless draw at home to Libya in Durban in September, and it is not yet known what sort of role he will play against the Super Eagles.
However, his pace and skill out wide could ease the injury-enforced absence of Keagan Dolly, while his set-piece delivery may also prove an asset for Baxter’s charges.