First on EWN: Dikgacoi's Bafana future in doubt
Kagisho Dikgacoi says his international future is in doubt after he was left out of Bafana's first squad.
JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi has told EWN Sport that his international future is in doubt after he was left out of Shakes Mashaba's first squad announced last week for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria.
The 29-year-old Cardiff City midfielder, capped 54 times for the national team, played last season in the English Premier League for Crystal Palace.
He's one of a host of older, more established players who were not selected by Mashaba, a man who is focused on rebuilding Bafana with youth players.
Dikgacoi speaking ahead of Cardiff's game against Port Vale tonight in the League Cup exclusively told EWN Sport , said he hasn't spoken to Mashaba and that could herald the end of his international career.
"Well, I still want to be part of Bafana, but if I'm not called up again then, yeah, I've been in the national team for quite a long time now."
Dikgacoi says that with no guarantees that he'll be recalled to the national team, he needs to focus on performing well for his club in the Championship.
"At the moment I'm not too sure, I just have to focus on playing games for Cardiff. If it happens that I get called up for the national team again then it will still be great."
Mashaba was appointed ahead of the likes of Carlos Queiroz and Stephen Keshi, stepping up from his role in charge of the Amajita.
Dikgacoi says that there's been no contact at all as to whether he fits into Mashaba's plans at all.
"No, we haven't spoken, we haven't spoken for a year. I believe in the team that he has selected for the future, I think that the guys are going to do well and we just have to get behind them and support them."
Bafana get their qualifying campaign underway against Sudan on 5 September. They then play Nigeria in Cape Town on 10 September.
Dikgacoi says he's backing the current crop to earn their spot at the continental showpiece in January.
"The team that he has selected is young, hungry players and hopefully they're going to do well in the qualifiers and hopefully take the team to Morocco."