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United coach Gordon Igesund says the goalkeeping trio selected to compete for
Bafana Bafana at the Africa Cup of Nations is highly competent.
Read: Shakes reveals starting XI
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
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 goal.com.
"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.