South Africa’s national team coach, Stuart Baxter, has provided the reasons for selecting Kaizer Chiefs’ goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma.
The British coach announced his SA team on Monday, 12 days before his men take on Libya in a 2019 AFCON qualification decider.
With Bvuma emerging as the most unexpected selection after just three appearances in Chiefs’ goal this season, the 65-year-old coach was duly asked to justify the call.
‘‘This selection of the camp is probably the most difficult I have ever had to make‚” Baxter told the media at Monday’s press conference.
‘‘The goalkeeper [question] has been one that we have thrown around in every direction.
‘‘So when we talk about the third goalkeeper in this camp‚ and I think that everybody knows that Ronwen Williams and Darren Keep will be the two goalkeepers and one of those will play‚ the third goalkeeper in the camp has a specific role, “ Baxter said in reference to the 23-year-old Bvuma.
‘‘And that specific role is to be there and to be available‚ and be able to jump in if he is needed.
‘‘Probably he will not be competing for one of those two starting places. So this is a third goalkeeper and we do not want to experiment.
‘‘But we want to gain as much as we can for both the development of the game and the development of the player.
The former Chiefs coach revealed that Bvuma’s selection is essentially a developmental decision and continuity from the 2018 COSAFA Cup call-up.
‘‘Without the player on board we can’t do the job. Now the third choice we have made is Bruce Bvuma. The reasons for that I have considered from every angle and Bruce was in our system.
‘‘Bruce came with us to the Cosafa Cup ([ast year]‚ he was thrown into the deep end against Botswana and he did fantastically well,” Baxter concluded.
The South Africans take on Libya on 24 March at a neutral venue in Tunisia.
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