Derby fever: Meyiwa’s bravery is his weapon

2013-03-03 10:00

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Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa does not enjoy the same advanced ’keeper training as his Kaizer Chiefs counterpart, Itumeleng Khune.

This is just one major gap between the two Bafana Bafana goalminders expected to man the goal in the Soweto Derby on Saturday.

National team ’keeper trainer Alex Heredia describes Meyiwa (25) as “very athletic and talented”.

The two worked together during the recent Africa Cup of Nations tournament as well as at Pirates when Meyiwa was emerging.

Khune was Meyiwa’s understudy at the SA Under-23 six seasons ago.

Said Heredia: “He has all the qualities to perform. There is no way he can go down if he plays more games. He is a true professional with a very high level of self-esteem.”

Meyiwa is still recovering from conceding seven goals in two matches on the trot in the past week, but the KwaZulu-Natal-born shortstopper has received Heredia’s backing.

“In most cases, goalkeepers concede because of poor team performance and it is not only their responsibility to stop goals, but a team effort. You can only blame them when they make silly mistakes.”

Meyiwa had kept eight clean sheets in 13 matches before Pirates’ match against Bloemfontein Celtic midweek.

He inherited the gloves from the injured Moeneeb Josephs in September and has not looked back.

He conceded five compared with Khune’s seven in the last 10 matches.

Meyiwa’s bravery has proved to be a key aspect, given he is still an incomplete product when it comes to the crosses.

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