Dube earned a high-profile move to Kaizer Chiefs from Richards Bay after starring for South Africa during Bafana Bafana's 2021 COSAFA Cup triumph earlier this year. He appeared set to become a mainstay in the national team set-up.
That hasn't happened right away, as the 28-year-old was left out of the most recent Bafana team for the nation's back-to-back 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia by head coach Hugo Broos.
Dube feels that his omission has just spurred him to work even harder in order to gain a berth in the 23-man team for next month's final round of group stage qualifiers.
"It motivated me to work even harder so that I may be called to the next Bafana Bafana camp," Dube told Kaizer Chiefs' media team. "It was a spur to action. I have to put in a lot of effort to make the national team, and I have to put in even more effort to play for the national team."
The six-cap centre-back has made four appearances for the Amakhosi this season, all in the DStv Premiership, and will be hoping to impress in the club's remaining fixtures to reclaim his national team eligibility.
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