He can be best described as a gypsy, or probably someone Paul Young had in mind when he sang the haunting ballad "Wherever I lay my hat, that's my home."

Arthur Zwane has certainly travelled the world, seeking to establish himself in the beautiful game. He has played for almost every team in the South African premier league and first division.

He also had a stint with Brazilian giants Santos, where the great Pele cut his teeth.

Zwane was, however, back in the country after just one year, jumping from club to club..

When he was 26, Zwane had played for Jomo Cosmos, Pirates, AmaZulu, Real Rovers and Dynamos. Disillusioned at what he saw in the game, he quit.

It seemed a pity at the time that a player with so much potential, whose talents had not truly blossomed should quit at a time he was supposed to be in his prime.

This week Zwane was included in an 18-man Bafana Bafana squad that meets Lesotho in a World Cup qualifier. The Soweto lad was elated.

In truth, he deserves the call-up. He has certainly been in devastating form for newly-promoted Classic and almost every team that visits the notorious Makhulong Stadium, worry about Zwane.

"I must thank Khabo (Zondo, the Classic coach) for believing in me and helping me regain my confidence when I had already given up on the game," said Zwane.

"I didn't expect to be called up so soon but, I guess now this is an extra motivation to work even harder at my game and prove my worth for my country."

Zwane admits to being weak on defence, but enjoys attacking and taking on defenders, something which has turned him into a nightmare for any backline.

"I enjoy playing out wide," he says. "But the coach sometimes instructs me to attack from a central position and I've done it well so far. But most importantly, I'm enjoying myself more than I have ever imagined."

Zondo agrees that Zwane is the heart and soul of the team and provides the instruments on which the Classic team make music.

"I never thought that in my first season as a professional coach, one of my proteges could advance to this stage," said Zondo.

"But Arthur always had that special, hidden potential which is only now coming to the fore.

"I always believed in his abilities and that is why when Classic were promoted at the beginning of the season, I sought him out and requested the club's officials to sign him for me and the rest, as they say, is history."

Born in Soweto in 1973, Zwane displayed his love for the game from the very beginning, playing for his uncle's team - Liverpool - and also registered and played for the Cosmos under-eight side.

He worked his way up to the Cosmos reserve side and was promoted to the senior side in 1992 where he showed lots of raw potential, but did not really set the scene alight.

Together with Josep Ngake of Pirates, David Kannemeyer of Ajax and Jabu Pule of Chiefs, they are the new kids on the block in a squad short of experience, but full of youthfull verve.

While credit must be given to coach Trott Moloto for looking far ahead and preparing a squad for the future, one cannot help but notice that the squad seems to lack balance.

There are too many left-sided players, four central defenders and very few right-sided players.

In addition, Sundowns' Charles Motlohi has been in such sparkling form that he must consider himself very unlucky to have been over-looked.