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Ndlela hoping for Bafana recognition 09/02/04
Moroka Swallows bean-pole striker Lungisani Ndlela is hoping his impressive form will attract the attention of whoever becomes the next Bafana Bafana coach.

Ndlela, at two metres the tallest player in the Castle Premiership, has been a revelation for the Dube Birds since being snapped up from the University of Pretoria by coach Gavin Hunt.

He has proven a nightmare for opposition defenders who are not adept at marking a player who is taller than many basketball stars.

The 23-year-old Ndlela took his tally of goals for the season to five after netting a brace on Saturday in Swallows impressive 3-0 win over Manning Rangers.

Not surprisingly both goals came via headers.

"Obviously as a striker it feels incredible to score goals, Ndlela told SASoccer365 on Monday. But I cannot take all the credit as it was my teammates who put me in a position to get on the score-sheet so I think they should also get some applause.

Ndlela praises Hunt for the faith he has shown in him since giving him a break in the professional game.

"Gavin Hunt has given me confidence and now I am expressing myself in front of the goalpost doing what a striker is supposed to, he said

It is all about team work and self-belief and I know that if I continue to work hard and listen to advice eventually whoever becomes the new Bafana Bafana coach will start to take notice of me.

Ndlela would surely offer the national team another option upfront as his height - like that of George Koumantarakis - would prove problematic to any defence in the world.

And with Patrick Mayo proving an utter disappointment at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia in his role as traget-man, Ndlela is sure to come into the reckoning if he continues to get goals for Swallows.

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