Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Ricardo Goss was a surprise inclusion in coach Molefi Ntseki’s Bafana Bafana squad that was announced last week, but the 26-year-old says he is ready to be the number one for both and the national team.
“What can I say? This is my first real call up because the last call up was a back-up, so jah… I’m excited, looking forward to it and hopefully there will be more to come,” Goss told FARPost.co.za.
Goss is in Bafana’s squad to play Ghana and Sudan on November 14 and 17 respectively.
The clashes are part of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The shot-stopper joined the Clever Boys from GladAfrica Championship side Royal Eagles last season, but found the competition for a starting berth in between the sticks very tough from Bafana international Darren Keet.
Despite being a reserve goalkeeper for Wits last season, the KwaZulu Natal-born goalkeeper says he learnt a lot from Keet, who has since moved on to Belgian side, OH Leuven.
“Jah… Obviously he’s been with the national team for some time, he’s a very humble guy and I learnt a lot from him. He taught me quite a few things on and off-the-field. “So I’m grateful and I’m happy to have a guy like him around me, and I’m very lucky.”
The goalkeeper also shared his excitement on qualifying for the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup – the draw is on Sunday, while also revealing who are his favourite goalkeepers in the country.
“We are looking forward to it, because it’s something you wanna win as an ambitious player, we wanna put the name of Bidvest Wits on the map,” Goss said.
“So jah… we’re very excited about it. With regards to goalkeepers, I look up to Itu Khune (of Kaizer Chiefs) and Moeneeb Josephs (of AmaZulu).
“Those guys really inspire me, they started playing at a very young age, so, you know it shows how hard working and dedicated they are, because they started at a young age but they are still well known.
“That’s something to look at, something to admire and that’s something to want to experience you know,” he added.
By Shane Matsoyane