Bafana Bafana

Mpontshane ready to step up

2014-11-05 13:59
Siyabonga Mpontshane (Supplied)
Siyabonga Mpontshane (Supplied)
Cape Town - Platinum Stars goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane has expressed his eagerness to take over the goalkeeping duties for Bafana Bafana left vacant by the late Senzo Meyiwa.

The Dikwena goal-minder was included in the 27-man squad announced by Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba on Tuesday for the two upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria.

Mpontshane could not hide his delight at being given an opportunity, but he faces stiff competition from Kaizer Chiefs' Brilliant Khuzwayo and Darren Keet of Belgian club KV Kortrijk.

"I'm ready to step into Senzo's shoes and help play my part to ensure we qualify for Morocco," Mpontshane told African Football.

"I'm happy for the call-up and that leaves all the goalkeepers with a huge responsibility after Senzo's passing. Senzo worked hard in keeping the clean-sheets. His work is evident for all of us to see so it's a challenge but I'm ready for it.

"I'm thankful to the coach and I hope to use the opportunity when selected in the game. I can do well and contribute when the coach selects me for the game, I will follow all the instructions and do well," added the 28-year-old.

Bafana will face Sudan in Durban on Saturday, November 15, and will travel to Uyo to face reigning African champions Nigeria four days later.

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