Brooks Ready To Work For Regular Bafana Berth
TS Galaxy’s Ethan Brooks, who was one of the standout players in the Bafana Bafana squad that lifted the Cosafa Cup, says he is delighted to have won his first trophy with the national team.
Brooks, who made his debut in the international friendly against Uganda in June, was one of the standout players at the Cosafa Cup in Gqeberha, though he did miss two of the six games through injury.
Brooks says he learnt a great deal during the tournament, and is now inspired to work hard to try and earn a place in Hugo Broos’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
“It feels really amazing to be a champion in my own country, I still can’t believe that I’ve won my first senior trophy with the senior national team,” Brooks told TS Galaxy’s media deparment.
“Ja, like I said, I still can’t believe that I’m a champion. I’ve learned a lot of lessons participating in the Cosafa Cup, especially competing against different teams within the Cosafa Cup.
“Especially, getting the honour, and the opportunity to participate in the final. And, ja, there’s really a lot of lessons that I’ve learned, lessons that can help me grow as a football player as a human being, mentally physically, emotionally, I’ve learned a lot.
“And having tasted representing my nation, ja, it’s something that I would love to do on a regular basis. With the World Cup qualifiers around the corner, I mean, I would love to be a part of that squad, but I have to, put in the hard work to ensure that I am able to get into that team.”
Brooks says he won’t let his side rise to prominence get to his head, and says he he is confident he can handle the pressure and remain humble.
“Handling the pressure and fame that comes my way. I would just say like I said before, just take it day by day, not to get to my head. I mean, remain as humble as I can be. And, at the end of the day, it’s just something that I have to ensure that I don’t make it get to me, so I’ll make sure that I handle it in the right way.