Supersport United coach Kaitano Tembo says Bafana Bafana mentor Stuart Baxter needs to be given space to choose who will be the first choice goalkeeper when the senior national team takes on Libya next month.
Bafana will take on the North Africans without injured shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune, in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Khune’s absence is a big blow for the team, so whoever is called up to take his place has to step up and help the team qualify for the competition set to take place in Egypt.
Ronwen Williams and Darren Keet are seen as favourites to be number one, while the likes of Siyabonga Mbatha and Wayne Sandilands are options.
Williams was in fine form recently when SuperSport United narrowly beat Orlando Pirates 1-0, bagging the man of the match award after denying Buccaneers’ captain Happy Jele from the penalty spot. Williams has been given a few opportunities in a Bafana jersey in the past, but has not always been convincing.
Keet, meanwhile, has kept nine clean sheets this season and has more experience.
Bafana need a point in Group E to book themselves a spot in the competition.
“If he [Williams] is given that opportunity, for me he is ready,” said Tembo.
“But at the same time we have to give the national team coach and his technical team space to try select the team. That is very key because Bafana Bafana is going to a very important game against Libya to go to the Nations Cup.
“I don’t want to try put pressure and star throwing names. It’s not fair to the coach. The coach needs to be given room and space to do his job properly. He needs to do it with a clear mind and all we need to do is to support whoever he chooses.