Based on the reaction of local football fans there appears to be more questions than answers on the Bafana Bafana squad that was named by head coach, Molefi Ntseki on Monday night.
The 25-man squad will take on Sao Tome on November 13 and 16 in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
Undoubtedly, the biggest talking point is the inclusion of Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
The 33-year-old is back in the fold and Bafana needs his “experience”, according to Ntseki. But the fans are up in arms questioning his inclusion nonetheless.
Khune is back, but questions are raised: why include him when he played just 6 matches last season? Some fans believe it’s a slap on the face for a goalkeeper like Wayne Sandilands, who kept 13 clean sheets last season and continues in goal for Orlando Pirates this campaign.
Khune, however, boasts 91 caps and time will tell whether Ntseki has made the right call.
What is Dean Furman doing in the squad?
This is another frequently asked question if you may put it that way. Furman also returns following his departure from SuperSport United to English Two side, Carlisle United, who campaign in the fourth tier of the English game. To put it into perspective, it’s the SAB League of England.
The reactions suggest that Furman shouldn’t even be considered for national team duty given the fact that he’s downgraded from the PSL to the fourth division of English football.
Perhaps the positive from the squad is the return of midfielder Bongani Zungu. The Rangers midfielder has appeared to clash with Ntseki in the past and has gone as far as saying he’s maybe not “good enough” for the coach.
Be that as it may, the former Mamelodi Sundowns player is back in the team and has an opportunity to show Ntseki what he has to offer. Not that his quality has been in doubt, though.
De Reuck finally gets his chance
The Maritzburg United defender has finally made the breakthrough to the side. Having won the PSL Defender of the Season award, it was going to prove hard for Ntseki and his technical team to ignore him any longer.
The 24-year-old has no doubt been one of the consistent performers in the DStv Premiership and certainly deserves a look in as far as the national team is concerned. Whether he grabs the opportunity is now in his hands, especially if given a run.
Manyama has some critics
The inclusion of the Kaizer Chiefs forward has brought with it some (negative) comments. It’s the view of others that the former PSL Footballer of the Season’s performances have not been convincing especially in the PSL bio-bubble after the teams returned to complete the Season.
*After all, is said and done, the ball is now in Ntseki’s court to produce the results to turn the negatives into positives. Sao Tome awaits.
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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa