The reality is that South Africa has always been well endowed in the goalkeeping department. Goalkeepers, centre-backs, centre-halfs and wing-backs – we have never been found wanting there. You can go back 25 years, these are departments we have always been well endowed.
The reason why we find ourselves in this situation is because Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, in his infinite wisdom, saw it necessary to name a standing captain.
Had we not named Thulani Hlatshwayo as a captain, we would have been fine to bench Hlatshwayo and play Ronwen Williams with Morgan Gould and Clayton Daniels. Bare in mind this is a defensive trio that has taken SuperSport United to a continental cup final [CAF Confederation Cup].
Logic dictates that they should have been able to handle Cape Verde. Alas we chose to manage appearances and play Hlatshwayo against Cape Verde, because it would have been way too embarrassing to bench him.
The result the public lost confidence in Williams, and now Baxter needs to make a PR decision instead of a football decision. And that is to face Senegal with the Mask of Zorro – Itumeleng Khune.
I know conventional wisdom says, questioning the decision to play Khune is not such a popular idea, but I know we are all secretly wondering if we are putting our best foot forward.
But I hope people can now see Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba’s wisdom in not naming a captain.
By Themba Dikgale