‘I still have ambitions of playing for Bafana’ – US-based midfielder

South African US-based attacking midfielder Lebo Moloto revealed that he still harbors dreams of donning the Bafana Bafana jersey.

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Moloto, who is currently contracted to Colorado-based FC Tulsa in the USL Championship‚ represented South Africa at the Under-17 level while he was still a junior at Bidvest Wits and moved to the United States about 10 years ago.

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Attacking midfielder Lebo Moloto during a match for US side FC Tulsa.
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“I still have ambitions of playing for Bafana Bafana but at the same time I can only control what I can control‚ which is to do well for myself and my team here in the US and hopefully someone will be watching‚” said Moloto as quoted by TimesLive

The 29-year-old played with the likes of Thulani Serero‚ Kamohelo Mokotjo‚ Ramahlwe Mphahlele‚ Tshepo Gumede‚ Siyanda Xulu and Doctor Mampuru during his days in the Under-17 national team.

Moloto was named the player of the tournament at the Cosafa U17 Championships in Namibia in 2007 where SA lost to Zimbabwe on penalties in the final.

“All I can do is to keep pushing and doing well on the field‚ if someone will be watching then that will be great‚” he said.

“I haven’t heard anything from the Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki but one of the best football moments for me was representing my country at Under-17 level. It only happened at youth level but there are so many people who didn’t get that opportunity.

“It was an absolute honour to be given that opportunity to represent my country and if another call-up comes my way‚ it would be great. At the same time if another call-up doesn’t come I’ll still be honoured that I had the opportunity of representing my country at Under-17 level.”

The attacking midfielder has not ruled out the possibility of returning to end his career at home.

US-based South African footballer Lebo Moloto says he would one day love to play in the Premier Soccer League so that his two kids can have a "South African thing in them".
US-based South African footballer Lebo Moloto.
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“If somebody approaches me and the contract is good‚ I will definitely consider it. I feel like I have missed out because a lot of people don’t know who is Lebo Moloto back home.

“The only people who know me are those I played with at my former clubs at Wits and at the Under-17 national team like Kamohelo Mokotjo‚ Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Thulani Serero.

“I have talked about this with my wife who has been coming to SA every year for the past few years and she loves it. I would love for my two kids to have a little bit of the South African thing in them when they grow up because I am South African.”