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Pule's ready for Bafana action again 23/09/04
Ngwana wa tshwenya has made a plea to national coach Stuart Baxter.

The former enfant terrible of local football, Jabu Shuffle Pule, has made a plea to national coach Stuart Baxter to consider him for the national team, according to a report in a leading local soccer publication.

Ngwana wa tshwenya, as Pule is also known, has been in the international wilderness for over a year after a series of off-field scandals saw coaches of the national team as well as his former club Kaizer Chiefs finally loose patience with his wayward lifestyle.

However a change of scenery he has hooked up with former Amakhosi minder Mushin Ertugral at Austrian first division team Mattersburg has seen the welcome return to form of the twinkle- toed midfielder.

The Daveyton-born player recently scored his first goal for the club and reports emanating from Austria suggest he is back to his devastating best.

Pule hopes Baxter has taken notice.

After the World Cup I told myself I would always be in the national team but I guess its my private life that cost me that place and I understand, Pule told this weeks edition of Soccer-Laduma.

But things have changed.

Ive got my house in order now. I dont want to sound like I am praising myself but to tell you the truth I am ready! Not to prove any point but because I do feel I can help my country qualify for the World Cup, said Pule.

Pule said he was playing in the hole behind the strikers at Mattersburg and sometimes on the left flank.

But for Bafana he is prepared to play anywhere.

I cant say which role (for Bafana) Id like to play but theres surely a role I can play to help my country, he said.

Players and the supporters here (in Austria) have been asking me why I wasnt going to help in the national squad because they can also see I deserve it, but I dont know what I can say to them.

But to be honest with you, mfowethu, I feel that the time has come for me to work for my country again. I am waiting in anticipation.

Pule has 19 international caps to his credit.

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