SuperSport United goalkeeper Boalefa Pule keeping “clear mind” after Nedbank Cup heroics
Posted: 29 May 2016 Time: 09:50
SuperSport United goalkeeper Boafela Pule says he will remain grounded despite his heroics in a cameo appearance in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday that helped his side triumph over Orlando Pirates.
The 26-year-old was thrust into the deep end when United’s number one goalkeeper Ronwen Williams sustained a knee injury during the game that hampered his movement.
Williams battled on until it was clear he could not continue, allowing Pule to make his belated PSL debut. He says the competition for keepers in South Africa is intense.
‘’I believe this country is blessed with goalkeepers and we have seen the likes of Moeneeb [Josephs, at the age of 36] still giving great performances,’’ Pule said after the game.
‘’Brighton [Mhlongo] also got a call-up for Bafana and I’m happy for him and Ronwen also. There are a lot of good keepers in South Africa and credit must go to those guys who trained those keepers.
‘’They must be given the chance most of all so that they can show us what they can do because they have produce a lot of goalkeepers: Rowen Fernandez is working with Brighton Mhlongo and you can see how Brighton has improved.’’
The dominance of Williams has seen him feature in all matches for the club this season, and Pule and Dumisani Msibi vie for the bench.
However, Pule, who returned from a short spell at BidVest Wits earlier this season, did well in his brief time on the ptch against Pirates.
He says that although he is yet to feature from his club in the League, he will continue to work hard as his chance will come.
‘’It’s important to keep believing in yourself, believe in your talent, stay motivated, keep a clear mind and stay focussed,’’ he added.
‘’Listen to what the coaches are saying because you never know when your chance come. Like I said, goalkeeping is a very specialised position and you have to be on your toes and be sharp always.’’