Links inspired by Bafana call-up

Platinum Stars winger Gift Links says his call-up to train with Bafana Bafana motivated him to believe he will be a crucial part of the national team future.

Links, 18, received a late call-up from head coach Stuart Baxter as a replacement for the injured Keagan Dolly, to train with the senior national team.

And despite not making his debut, the teenager feels the experience for his first ever national team call-up has shown him what needs to be done in order to reach the level required of him to be a part of ‘Vision 2022’.

“I was at school and I got a call that I have to train with Bafana. When I got to training coach Baxter and coach Thabo Senong told me to be myself and play the way I normally do,” he told his club’s website.

“My confidence is high after that training session. What I learnt at Bafana is that the sessions at high intensity. The coach wants players to put in the effort. I am going to work even harder for Dikwena.

“There’s a vision 2022 and I want to be a part of that. I want to be at the World Cup in 2022. I want to grow in the setup in the junior national teams right through to Bafana.”

After being eased into the first team by former manager Cavin Johnson, the left-winger featured five times in the Premiership and played a few cameos within the Nedbank Cup and CAF Confederation Cup competitions.

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