The born Randfontein player is still hoping to get a call with the national qualification of the 2022 World Cup starting next month
AmaZulu FC midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula praised coach Benni McCarthy for his improvement when he made his mark in the PSL last season.
The experienced player was one of the outstanding central midfielders in the league as Usuthu challenged for the PSL title and eventually finished second behind champion Mamelodi Sundowns.
Makhaula reveals how McCarthy, a retired goal scorer, gave him the confidence to play simple football, so he was nominated for the PSL midfielder award.
“A lot of people knew me as a very tough midfielder, so coach Benni McCarthy said I should play simple football,” Makhaula told the media.
“He also made me grow in confidence. When he came in, it was like he was always watching me. He believed in me.”
Makhaula hoped that his consistent performances for AmaZulu would be enough to attract the attention of the South African senior national team selection.
However, the former Free State Stars and Highlands Park player was deprived by Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos and his assistants Helman Mkhalele and Cedomir Janevski.
Makhaula admitted he was disappointed, but was delighted to see his teammates Veli Mothwa and Siyethemba Sithebe Bafana help clinch the 2021 Cosafa Cup in Port Elizabeth.
“For me, I was disappointed because I was not part of the Cosafa Cup team,” the experienced player added.
“But was comforted by the fact that Veli Mothwa and Siyethemba Sithebe were part of the team and did well. I still believe there is an opportunity to receive the call.”
Makhaula, who will turn 32 in November this year, has promised to work hard in the 2021/22 campaign.
“Next season you will see a better Makhaula. I will not stop, I will keep fighting for the club, I am more motivated for the new season,” he concluded.
AmaZulu will take on Cape Town in the MTN8 quarter-final on 15 August.