AmaZulu FC central midfielder Butholezwe Ncube has admitted that he faces stiff competition in the Zimbabwean national team.
The Southern African country has always been blessed with great central midfielders and many of them have played in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
From Esrom Nyandoro, Tinashe Nengomasha, Edelbert Dinha to Willard Katsande, the Warriors midfield maestros have dazzled the PSL with their skills and impressive work-rate over the years.
Ncube, who was part of the Warriors squad at the 2019 Cosafa Cup which was hosted by Durban, is competing with some quality central midfielders in the current team.
“There is too much talent there and the competition is always tough [in the national team],” Ncube told SuperSport.com.
Despite playing two games in the Cosafa Cup tournament, Ncube was left out of the Zimbabwe squad which participated in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Egypt.
Stade de Reims midfielder Marshall Munetsi, who is a former Orlando Pirates player, Aston Villa star Marvelous Nakamba and Moldova-based midfield maestro Alec Mudimu were preferred ahead of Ncube.
The hard-tackling player believes that playing for the Warriors helps him improve as a player having received his maiden national team call-up ahead of the 2018 Four Nations Tournament held in Zambia.
“I am grateful because it makes me grow and become an even better professional player whenever I play for the national team,” Ncube added.
“I am humbled to be part of the Zimbabwean national team and my hard work has paid off as I have been part of the team.”
Ncube and his AmaZulu teammates are currently preparing for the resumption of the 2019/20 season which has been suspended since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.