If the notion that there’s a goalkeeper crisis looming in the country, then Bafana Bafana – and the clubs – should take some heat for poor planning.
That’s the conclusion of 2010 World Cup squad member Shu-Aib Walters, who told the Siya crew in the latest edition of Soccer Laduma that the national team selectors have been caught out for not planning for life after Itumeleng Khune!
Hugo Broos, after selecting Bruce Bvuma, a player who hasn’t featured for Kaizer Chiefs in two months, as part of his squad for the World Cup qualifiers hinted that he’d done so because he didn’t have options.
“We’ve been preaching this now for a couple of years already. The unfortunate part is that we haven’t prepared for life after Khune, and we’ve got Ronwen (Williams) stepping up to the plate just as we predicted,” he told the Siya crew.
“But we didn’t think past Ronwen and the coach is now reliant on goalkeepers that are just on form at their clubs, sometimes, like Veli Mothwa and that is all he has. What is good is that Broos is planning for years to come, but when he sees Ronwen, who turns 30 next year, he is asking who will be next. That’s why he is suggesting there’s a crisis.”
Walters feels the clubs should also take a large chunk of the responsibility to groom keepers, especially with many of the preferring foreign goalies as first choices (see gallery above).
“Broos is asking the clubs, where are the U23 goalkeepers and who he can promote. We’ve been preaching for the last five years, when Khune was a regular, and we even had Darren Keet at some point. There was going to come a time when they are injured or like now when they are not playing, and it’s just Ronwen. What if something happens to him? Anything can happen on any day,” the former keeper said.
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