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In-form Walters frustrated by Bafana snub

2017-08-29 07:48
Shu-aib Walters (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - In-form Cape Town City goalkeeper Shu-aib Walters has made his feelings known after being left out the national team once again.

Walters, the only member of South Africa's 2010 World Cup squad who is yet to win an international cap, has taught himself to accept being left out of the Bafana Bafana fold.

But, when the team's first and second-choice goalkeepers in Itumeleng Khune and Darren Keet were forced out of the squad, Walters felt he stood a good chance in getting a call-up.

Instead, Bafana coach Stuart Baxter opted to select Reyaad Pieterse, who warms the bench at SuperSport United, and new Orlando Pirates gloveman Wayne Sandilands for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde.

And, writing in his column on Goal, Walters - who has been one of the form keepers in the country over the last year - was left baffled by the selections.

"While it is always disappointing for me to be left out of the Bafana Bafana squad, I have learnt to accept it over the years," he said.

"I did feel it a little more this time around as there were two unfortunate injuries in the goalkeeping department, and yet there are two keepers from one team selected. As we all know, only one keeper can play at their club.

"But my motto in life is 'always leave room for disappointment'."

Walters was again in inspiring form for the Citizens as they defeated league champions Bidvest Wits 1-0 in the first leg of the MTN8 quarter-finals on Sunday.

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