Bafana Bafana goalkeeper coach Andre Arendse is very pleased with the response from all three goalkeepers – Ronwen Williams, Darren Keet and Bruce Bvuma – and is the first to admit that the technical team had a tough call to make as to which goalkeeper would get the nod to start against Libya.
The South African Senior men’s national team (Bafana Bafana) take on Libya this coming Sunday, 24 March in Sfax, Tunisia where a draw will be good enough to qualify for the 2019 Total Caf African Cup of Nations later this year.
“All three keepers are here on merit and they have been exceptional at club level. Bruce is no stranger to the national team as I have worked with him at the Cosafa Cup tournament, while Ronwen and Darren are key for their respective clubs.
“I believe that this is one of the toughest selections we will have to make as a technical team because both Williams and Keet deserve to start but only one can be given that slot,” said Arendse.
Bafana Bafana anticipate to face a desperate Libya who will try any means possible to come away with the win, and their tactics will determine which of the two South Africa-based goalkeepers get to start the match.
“We intend on dissecting Libya’s style of play thoroughly to determine which of the two goalkeepers should start on Sunday.
“We all know our strengths; Ronwen is very good with long-range shots and one-on-one situations; while Darren possesses the advantage in terms of aerial balls. So again we will focus on all aspects of goalkeeping during our last few sessions and should be able to know for sure who will start by Friday,” concluded Arendse.
Bafana Bafana will hold their last three training sessions in Tunis, Tunisia before heading to Sfax where they will conclude their preparations for Sunday’s match.