Why did Jody February and Ricardo Goss sign for Mamelodi Sundowns?
It’s the pertinent question being asked by Shu-Aib Walters, the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and 2010 World Cup squad member, as he weighs in on national team coach Hugo Broos’ concern that there might be a keeper crisis in SA.
Walters doesn’t take it that far and instead argues the Belgian-born mentor has plenty of options – but some are just making poor decisions.
He insists moving to Sundowns stalled the careers of promising goalkeepers that could have taken over from Itumeleng Khune.
“For me, the biggest problem was the decision-making from our future goalkeepers on the clubs that they chose. Why did Jody February sign for Sundowns? He went the entire season without playing, he was non-existent,” Walters told the Siya crew.
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February has since joined Swallows this season, but it is not yet clear whether this is a loan move or a permanent deal given that neither club have officially confirmed.
Goss was transferred to Chloorkop following the sale of Bidvest Wits, where he was competing for the No.1 jersey with Brandon Petersen.
It’s during his spell with the Clever Boys that he was on the Bafana radar under then-coach Molefi Ntseki.
He’s hardly played at Downs.
“Now the same thing is happening to Ricardo Goss, he is 27-years old, a potential Bafana player and he goes and signs for Sundowns where he knows the competition is extremely tough. He should have learnt from Reyaad Pieterse, who went from Chiefs to SuperSport United and now at Sundowns – and he’s not played enough,” said Walters.
“Why did they sign for Sundowns? These are our potential goalkeepers. Brandon Petersen maybe is close (to starting) because the competition is between him and Daniel Akpeyi at Chiefs. We have goalkeepers, but they are just not playing.”
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