SIYABONGA Nomvethe's return to Bafana Bafana after a three-year absence has given Jabu "Shuffle" Mahlangu some hope of returning to the national squad in the near future.
Speaking to Sowetan from Sweden yesterday, the once controversial midfielder said he was confident he would be part of the post-World Cup Bafana Bafana squad.
Mahlangu is receiving rave reviews in Sweden for his excellent performance at Osters IF.
"I'm now back on top of my game and the first thing I want to do is to help my team finish the season in October in a respectable position," the former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates player said.
"I have regained my confidence and fitness and am looking forward to any challenges coming my way.
"I have also recovered from a knee injury that sidelined me for two weeks.
"But I came back last weekend and did very well against Hammarby (Nathan Paulse's team). I had the best game on Sunday, though we lost 1-0 to Falkeneery.
"I was given the man of the match award. The good thing is that I'm no longer playing as a winger, where it was difficult because the teams here play a lot of aerial balls. I'm comfortable and creative playing in the middle of the park.
"It was a bit difficult to settle down the first few months here but I'm beginning to enjoy my stay," Mahlangu said.
But he has no plans to return to South Africa to further his career.
"I took a decision to move to Sweden so that I can have peace of mind and work to support my family.
"I must say I'm happy and encouraged that Bhele (Nomvethe) is back with Bafana Bafana.
"I still believe I have a lot to offer to my country.
"I will root for Bafana Bafana in the tournament. It is unfortunate that I'm not part of the World Cup, which ends on my birthday in July."