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Mashaba poser: Who should keep for Bafana?

2015-11-11 07:45
Jackson Mabokgwane (Supplied)
Jackson Mabokgwane (Supplied)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has a big decision to make when it comes to selecting his goalkeeper for Friday's crucial 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifier in Angola.

With Itumeleng Khune out injured and Brilliant Khuzwayo unable to make the trip due to family commitments, there is an element of uncertainty surrounding the shot-stopping department. 

Historically Mashaba has had no problem changing his 'keeper, illustrated earlier this year when he opted for a different player in each of Bafana's three group matches at AFCON 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.

The good news is that the coach has three internationals at his disposal...

JACKSON MABOKGWANE 

The 27-year-old Mpumalanga Black Aces 'keeper played in Bafana's 1-1 draw against Senegal at AFCON 2015 - Bafana's only point of the campaign. He has been in good form for Aces this PSL season and on the surface appears to be the favourite to start against Angola. Reports on Monday suggested that he was suffering from a knee injury, although it wasn't considered serious enough to rule him out of Friday's match. 

RONWEN WILLIAMS

The SuperSport United man has long been considered a future Bafana Bafana star. Unfortunately for him, Khune's dominance over the years has kept his opportunities to a minimum while the emergence of Khuzwayo has thrown another spanner in the works. But Friday could be a massive opportunity for the 23-year-old if he is called upon. Now injury free, Williams has shown glimpses in the PSL this season of the form that earned him the reputation of being one of the best goalkeepers in the country.

WAYNE SANDILANDS

It came as somewhat of a surprise when Sandilands was called up as the replacement to Khune (after Khuzwayo's unavailability). Darren Keet, a member of the AFCON squad and in superb form in Belgium, was the favourite to join the squad. That Sandilands was not in Mashaba's top three choices pretty much guarantees that he won't play on Friday, but he did play in both legs of South Africa's recent CHAN qualifier against the Angolans and could offer some valuable advice. 

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