Rodney Ramagalela of Polokwane City challenged by Roscoe Pietersen of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Polokwane City and Ajax Cape Town at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane South Africa on 18 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Wednesday Aug 16, 2017. 19:00
Ajax Cape Town defender Roscoe Pietersen has spoken out about his joy in being called up for National Team Duty.
Pietersen, 28, was on Tuesday summoned by the South African Football Association (SAFA), with the former Matsatsantsa man called in as defensive cover for Bafana Bafana's 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Zambia this weekend.
South Africa take on Chipolopolo in a Southern Zone second-leg qualifier in Ndola, with the visitors having it all to do following a 2-2 draw in East London last weekend.
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For Pietersen, who will miss the Urban Warriors first three games due to suspension, the call-up comes shortly after he tied the knot, with the defender now in line to make his Bafana Bafana debut this weekend... he couldn't be more pleased:
“I am still in shock, it is an honour to be called up to the National Team,” Pietersen said. “The red card in the last game of last season…a blessing in disguise looking back right now.
“Yes , I am looking forward to the trip, I have never been to Zambia before – no other African country for that matter – yes I know the first game ended in a 2-2 draw so it will be a difficult task away from home, but I am sure the guys will be up for it. The heart and fight will be there.
Pietersen continued: "Two very big weeks for me, if I could get married every week and get a Bafana Bafana call-up every international break that would be awesome, but we only get married once.
“Hopefully, though, this won’t be my last National Team call-up."