Stuart Baxter says that this Bafana Bafana squad was the most difficult that he’s had to pick, explaining his reasons for selecting Kaizer Chiefs’ Bruce Bvuma as his third choice goalkeeper.
Bvuma’s name was a surprise inclusion when Baxter named his squad for the upcoming clash against Libya in Tunisia, with the South Africans knowing that a draw will be enough for them to secure their place at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The 23-year-old shot-stopper has played for Bafana Bafana already despite his young age, but Baxter admits that it’s very unlikely that he will even make the bench against the Libyans, instead of taking him along because he sees him as a potential Bafana goalkeeper in the future.
Addressing the media this week, Baxter said, ‘‘There are keepers that are in form but I think that we all need to understand the difference between an in-form player and a potential international player. There are many players that get recommended by coaches‚ by media‚ by people on the street‚ my wife‚ the dog‚ everybody....... Everybody knows a good player.”
He also said, ‘‘This selection of the camp is probably the most difficult I have ever had to make… The goalkeeper question has been one that we have thrown around in every direction. So when we talk about the third goalkeeper in this camp‚ and I think that everybody knows that Ronwen Williams and Darren Keet will be the two goalkeepers and one of those will play‚ the third goalkeeper in the camp has a specific role.
‘‘And that specific role is to be there and to be available‚ and be able to jump in if he is needed. Probably he will not be competing for one of those two starting places. So this is a third goalkeeper and we do not want to experiment, but we want to gain as much as we can for both the development of the game and the development of the player.
‘‘Bruce came with us to the Cosafa Cup, he was thrown into the deep end against Botswana and he did fantastically well.”
Bafana will assemble for camp on March 16 and depart the same day for Tunisia via Germany.