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Winstanley delighted by call-up 02/06/04
Neil Winstanley revealed his delight at being called-up into the Bafana Bafana squad to face the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday, albeit at the last minute.

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The Wits defender has been included in the squad to face Cape Verde in their opening 2006 World Cup qualifier in Bloemfontein on Saturday, after first-choice left-back Bradley Carnell withdrew because of injury.

Winstanley is not unaccustomed to late call-ups, as he received a late inclusion to the squad when he made his Bafana debut in their 2-0 COSAFA Cup loss to Mauritius in January.

The 27-year-old expressed his delight to be part of the squad and insists he will not disappoint should he make the starting line-up.

"It is every player's dream to play for your country and, if given the opportunity, I will not let Bafana or the new coach (Stuart Baxter) down," he said.

Winstanley added that he is excited at the prospect of working alongside one of his heroes in Charlton Athletic defender Mark Fish, who is set to make his first appearance for Bafana in almost four years.

"I have never actually spoken to Fish. I rate him as a world-class defender and look forward to training with him. It is through working with players of the calibre of Fish that I can learn and improve my game. I cannot tell you how delighted I am to get this call-up, even although it is at the last minute."


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