GI backs Bafana keepers

2015-01-19 09:07
Brilliant Khuzwayo and Darren Keet (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - SuperSport United coach Gordon Igesund says the goalkeeping trio selected to compete for Bafana Bafana at the Africa Cup of Nations is highly competent.

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During what has been a difficult twelve months for South Africa in the goalkeeping department, national coach Shakes Mashaba has been forced to make do without the services of his two most senior campaigners.

Senzo Meyiwa was murdered in Vosloorus last year, while Itumeleng Khune has been sidelined by injury for a protracted period and has not been active enough to warrant selection for the national team ahead of this year’s tournament.

As a contingency, Mashaba has opted to utilise the services of Darren Keet, Brilliant Khuzwayo and Jackson Mabokgwane, all of whom are vastly inexperienced at international level.

"I think, all three goalkeepers are very good and are doing very well at the moment," Igesund told

"The coach (Shakes Mashaba) has been given enough chance to spend time with these players and assess his options, and eventually he has to make a decision on who should and who should not start," added Igesund, who used to be a Bafana Bafana coach himself.

The jury is still out on which of the goalkeepers is likely to take the lead at this year’s tournament though and Igesund is unable to create any clarity in that regard himself.

"It’s really a difficult position to say who should and who shouldn’t start," said the SuperSport United mentor.

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