Erasmus was here with the national team before this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) but he didn’t make the cut for the final squad that reached the quarter-finals in Egypt. Before that he hads said that he wasn’t a back-up player after being sent an SOS by Shakes Mashaba to replace Tokelo Rantie who was a no-show.
But in Molefi Ntseki, Bafana have a coach who understands Erasmus and the Cape Town City striker understands him, which could lead to a better working relationship, and more importantly the 29-year-old fulfilling his potential in the national team.
“I am getting older,” Erasmus said. “I am not a young kid anymore. With time you mature, and you see things differently. You try take control of the things you have control over and what you don’t have control of, you let be. That’s what I have learned.”
Erasmus returned to the national team after a scintillating start to the season. He will look to take that form to Lusaka where Bafana take on Zambia on Saturday in an international friendly. Erasmus has backed Ntseki to succeed, having known him since Erasmus was a teenager. The pair worked together at under-20 national team level in the World Cup in Egypt 10 years ago.