Njabulo Ngidi
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8 Jun 2015
1:47 pm

Mashaba will rotate keepers

Njabulo Ngidi

Shakes Mashaba will continue with his policy of rotating goalkeepers when Bafana Bafana play two matches in a space of four days. The first will be a crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Gambia at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, followed by an international friendly with Angola in Cape Town on June 16.

Bafana Bafana Goalkeepers during the South African national soccer team training session. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

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Mashaba selected Itumeleng Khune, Jackson Mabokgwane and Brilliant Khuzwayo in the goalkeeping department as part of his 27-man squad for the two matches. They looked sharp in the first day of training at People’s Park, opposite Moses Mabhida Stadium, while the other players were still finding their feet fitness wise in a time where many of them joined the national team from holidays.

Khune is likely to start against Gambia with Mabokgwane in poles against Angola where Mashaba promised he will make three or four changes, to give other players a chance. “We are going to rotate,” Mashaba said. “I want people to look back at when we started with this team, we said we are building a team. We have laid a good foundation. But that foundation doesn’t say we must not look at other players.

We need to make sure that we also give them a chance. If you look at the goalkeeping department, we have three good goalkeepers. Top goalkeepers in our league. We have to make sure that whoever plays gives their best.”