Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane repaid coach Hugo Broos’ faith by scoring a brace against Sierra Leone after returning to the Bafana Bafana squad for the first time in a year.
Zwane is relieved to be back in the lineup and among the goals.
With Broos calling Zwane up to the national team for the first time during his tenure, throwing him back into the starting lineup could be viewed as a risk by Broos.
Zwane, on the other hand, delivered an inspired performance and was dubbed the “missing link” by his coach.
When asked why he was dubbed “the missing link,” Zwane cited his playing style as a major reason.
“All I can say is that coaches have different philosophies, and I believe the style of play suits me,” Zwane said.
“I need to keep pushing because there are more games coming up, and I need to perform well for my team (Sundowns) so that I can be called up for the national team (again).”
When reporters asked Zwane if the performance was done to prove a point against Broos, he insisted that it was not.
“No way, no how. I was enjoying my game and expressing gratitude for the call-up because it always feels good and I was simply doing my job.”
Whether he had a point to prove or not, the 33-year-performance old’s reminded his coach of his abilities and that age is just a number.
“Age is just a number; what matters is how you carry yourself. I’ll continue to push myself as long as my legs allow me to “Zwane concluded.
Bafana Bafana will play Botswana at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.