MATTHEW Booth is confident of making the Bafana Bafana squad to play in the World Cup starting in June.
This despite his exclusion from the one that will play Namibia in an international friendly on Wednesday night.
Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira named his 22-men squad on Wednesday last week and Booth, the towering defender, a darling of Bafana fans, was omitted in that list.
But Booth believes that he will make the final squad to represent South Africa.
"I think I have done enough to cement my place in the team," he said with conviction. "Every player wants to play for their country and I'm no exception."
Booth took time to reflect on the Absa Premiership season that comes to the end on Saturday. He said a number of factors contributed to his team, Mamelodi Sundowns' failure to win the league.
"We bought a lot of players at the beginning of the season, and although they are all good players, it took them a while to settle in," he reasoned.
"The matches against Jomo Cosmos and Moroka Swallows hampered our ambitions league in a big way. Against Cosmos, one could see that the guys were thinking about what was going on between SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits.
"We have learnt a lot this season and we'll get stronger next season. We are going to do everything in our power to do well in the Champions League."