Bvuma gained massive experience

Nedbank Cup

Bvuma recently returned to the national team front for Bafana’s final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya last week as he came in as a replacement for his injured clubmate Itumeleng Khune.

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The 23-year-old, who previously donned the national team colours during the 2017 and 2018 Cosafa Cup campaigns under Baxter, got his first taste of a real senior team camp for the mammoth clash, though he did not get to feature in the matchday squad.

While Darren Keet grabbed all the headlines for his sublime performance, the British tactician believes Bvuma also benefited tremendously from merely being part of the goalkeeping department in the build-up to Sunday’s match.

“I thought it was an excellent performance from Darren, who is an excellent keeper – and we had two excellent keepers [including Ronwen William],” said Baxter.

“But we also had one Bruce, who was with us and gained immense experience just from being involved in that event, which is exactly what we wanted.

“And Andre [Arendse] had a good camp with the goalkeeper, and Darren was a reflection of that work that was done.”

The Amakhosi youth graduate could now put his experience to the test as early as this Sunday, when they face Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

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