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First Impressions – Baxter Talks Selection Headache

Stuart Baxter is not giving anything away in discussing who are the men to do duty for Bafana Bafana in their opener against Ivory Coast later today, but it is evident when he talks that he’s having a bit of a dilemma in choosing his starting line-up. 

In goal, he points out that Ronwen Williams has been phenomenal in training and that his Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season award last month was no fluke, while Darren Keet almost singlehandedly got Bafana over the line to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations here in Egypt.

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Up front the national team coach mentions Percy Tau – his go-to man as well as partner Lebo Mothiba. But during that analysis he throws in Lars Veldwijk, the burly striker who managed 24 goals in 41 matches for his Dutch second division team last season.   

Can they deliver in the opener against The Elephants this afternoon at Cairo's Al Salam Stadium? No matter who’s on the pitch?

“There is a case for both culprits. And that is where we are at. We still haven’t made a 100 percent decision on that one, I have to be honest. We will do our debrief of the camp and both of them (Williams and Keet) would put their hands up if selected. But I want to be certain,” Baxter told the Siya crew in Cairo.

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"It is a little more obvious upfront.

“We have developed a partnership with two young strikers, who can basically be Bafana strikers for the next eight or nine years. I think that is very promising. And as options we have Lars as a decent game changer. In the past we’ve not really understood his game, it’s not typically South African. It’s good because it gives us a different string to bow.”  

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