Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler has told Khanyisa Mayo to keep his chin up despite his omission from the Bafana Bafana squad.
Mayo has not been included for the World Cup qualifiers against Benin and Rwanda despite a bright start to the season in which he has scored six goals and made two assists for the Citizens.
“I don’t want to comment on that. We are putting more pressure on the youngsters,” Tinkler said.
“Khanyisa has been doing well, the fact that he was not selected, no comment. He must keep on working hard.”
Tinkler’s side are coming off the back of five straight victories and the former Bafana midfielder is not surprised by that impressive run.
“I’m not doing anything different. These things sometimes take time. We know how good our squad is and I know what my qualities are as a coach, I know what my qualities are with regards to the team that I have,” he said.
“It was not a case of us playing poor football. We are playing good football. If I was playing poor football, then my answer here would be completely different.
“It had to turn. We knew that it would turn and it has turned. Now, it is about keep working and keep going because you can go on a bad run again.
“Then you will be asking what happened, nothing changed. We worked extremely hard every day, but it is about us continuing to believe that what we are doing is the right thing.”