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.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

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

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


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.