Who will replace Senzo Meyiwa?

2014-11-02 15:00

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Two former Bafana Bafana shot-stoppers – Andre Arendse and Brian Baloyi – have called for Moeneeb Josephs to replace Senzo Meyiwa, the 27-year-old goalkeeper who captained both the Buccaneers and the national team.

Meyiwa was shot dead last Sunday, leaving a king-size headache for both Pirates and Bafana technical teams.

Arendse piled up 67 caps for Bafana Bafana while Baloyi made 24 appearances at the national level.

Baloyi said Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba should not hesitate to select Josephs given the magnitude of Bafana’s two upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

They face Sudan at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 15 and Nigeria in Uyo five days later.

Baloyi said Josephs was the perfect replacement to get Bafana over their last hurdle.

“For me there is no automatic choice as we are back to that era when there was no automatic number two to [Itumeleng] Khune.

“But having to think of it, we need someone with nerves of steel to get us over this last hurdle. I think Moeneeb can take us there based on his experience compared with the others.”

According to Arendse, there was no crisis and Mashaba has few options up his sleeve. While he agreed with Baloyi on Josephs, he said Darren Keet should be the obvious choice as he has been knocking on the Bafana door.

He said with Josephs also showing his old form, Mashaba should consider the veteran goalkeeper. Arendse also did not rule out SuperSport United’s Ronwen Williams, saying he was also an able replacement.

“It’s not a concern for me as there are capable goalkeepers raising their hands. But they will have their work cut out because filling Senzo’s shoes will be difficult after what he has done for the team,” said Arendse.

Former Bafana goalkeeper trainer Alex Heredia said Keet and Williams were the obvious replacements. According to him, Keet was playing at the highest level in Europe and Williams has also done well for United.

Mashaba, who will announce his squad for the two matches on Tuesday, has to pick a new captain and goalkeeper.

Bafana have to get at least three points from the remaining two games to reach next year’s tournament.

Meyiwa had performed admirably for Bafana in their Afcon qualifying campaign – keeping four clean sheets – and finding his replacement will be a daunting task for Mashaba.

While Keet and Williams have been Meyiwa and Khune’s understudies, Mashaba might be forced to go with the experienced Josephs given the magnitude of the two games, more especially the away match against Nigeria.

Under-20 goalkeeper Dumisani Msibi has been part of the team as an apprentice as well.

»?Meanwhile, City Press learnt with sadness about the passing of Abednigo “Shaka” Ngcobo yesterday. Ngcobo was a star striker for Kaizer Chiefs in the 1970s

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