Absa Premiership

Johnson will respect Bafana selectors on Mbatha decision

2019-02-13 12:18
Siyabonga Mbatha
Siyabonga Mbatha (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson has praised his goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha but stopped short of saying that he deserves a call up to the Bafana Bafana squad.

Mbatha has been solid between the sticks for Usuthu this season, often keeping his side in games.

The shot-stopper was again in fine form on Saturday as Amazulu snatched a 1-0 victory over Cape Town City, who dominated most of the game.

Mbatha's man of the match performance has prompted some to suggest that he could be in line for A call to the national side for the crucial AFCON qualifier against Libya next month.

The Bafana keeper position is up for grabs since regular number one Itumeleng Khune is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Johnson, though, said as quoted by KickOff website: "As my goalkeeper, he has done extremely well for the club, but it's for the national selectors to decide on whether he can fit in with their plans.

"As much as we appreciate to see our players in the national teams, it's not my space to make decisions, we need to respect the selectors."

Bafana need a point in their final game against the Libyans to qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations that will be held in Egypt later this year.

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