AFCON

Mabokgwane is SA No 1 - Barker

2015-01-23 13:36
Jackson Mabokgwane (Supplied)

Mbombela - Mpumalanga Black Aces head coach Clive Barker has backed goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane’s inclusion in the Bafana Bafana starting line-up for Friday night’s Group C clash against Senegal.

Read: Bafana on the verge of AFCON exit

Bafana Bafana will be looking to bounce back in the 30th edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) when they face Senegal at the Estadio de Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea.

Coach Shakes Mashaba made two changes in his team from the previous game against Algeria, with Eric Mathoho and Mabokgwane replacing the injured Rivaldo Coetzee and Darren Keet.

Barker told Sport24 in an exclusive interview on Friday that he is excited to see the Polokwane-born shot-stopper getting his well-deserved recognition.

The 1996 AFCON winning mentor also hinted that he believes that the 27-year-old goal-minder is arguably the best in the country at the moment.

“It is a good opportunity for him and he needs to grab it with both hands,” said Barker.

“He is a very good and talented goalkeeper who is always passionate and hungry to achieve in his career.

“He has been working very hard for this moment and now he has it and it makes me happy to see that he got his recognition.

“He is very fast in his movement and I believe he will do well for the country tonight.

“To me he is currently the best goalkeeper in the South Africa.

“He just reminds me of Brian Baloyi in his days and I wish him and the boys all the best of luck.

Heading into Friday’s encounter, Bafana are coming off a 3-1 defeat to Algeria on Monday while the Lions of Taranga are coming off a 2-1 triumph over Ghana.

Kick-off is scheduled for 21:00 (SA time) on Friday.

Follow the match LIVE with Sport24's interactive match commentary.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.