Stuart Baxter, coach of South Africa during the 2018 Nelson Mandela Challenge Press Conference at the Monte Casino, Johannesburg on 12 November 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Tuesday Mar 12, 2019. 15:00
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter is yet to decide on who will fill the void left by Itumeleng Khune between Darren Keet and Ronwen Williams for South Africa's crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this month.
South Africa need to avoid defeat away to Libya in Tunisia if they are to book their place at this year's showpiece in Egypt, and they will have to do so without star goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune who is currently nursing a shoulder injury.
Baxter revealed on Monday that either Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Keet or SuperSport United shot-stopper Williams will start against Libya. Up and coming goal minder Bruce Bvuma is the third goalkeeper in the 24-man squad.
Keet and Williams have kept nine and 10 clean sheets respectively in the Absa Premiership this season. The latter has only conceded one goal in his last four matches.
“I’ve worked with Ronwen, so I know him very well," Baxter is quoted as saying by Kickoff.com "I feel he’s got more to come. I think Darren with his experience I’m happy to have him in the squad.
"You probably right that neither of them feel that ‘I’m the automatic choice’ when Itu is not ready. It does not worry me, maybe the opposite. As long as they keep themselves calm and they go in with a cool head.
“I don’t mind people going in and saying ‘look at me, I want the shirt’. So they will get the opportunity to do that in camp and I don’t care if there’s a little bit of competition there, as long as they both want it in the right way. I want them to have a battle in camp," he concluded.