Shakes defends Mpontshane call-up

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Mpontshane has conceded nine goals in the six matches he has played so far, with Botswana goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe getting the nod ahead of him in the other eight.

The former Nathi Lions keeper played the opening two League matches, but was then dropped for the next three before returning against SuperSport United, conceding three goals. He hasn’t played in three League games since then.

According to Mashaba, Mpontshane was a step ahead of Ronwen Williams, who has played all games at SuperSport.

“Mpontshane has done very well and there is no way that you can turn a blind eye towards that. He [Williams] is on our list; the other guys were just a step ahead of him, but we will definitely continue looking at him,” Mashaba says.

What appears to have worked in Mpontshane’s favour is the fact that he played all 40 games in all competitions last season, conceding as many goals.

Following Senzo Meyiwa’s tragic death and Itumeleng Khune’s ongoing injury troubles, Bafana will have to look for another keeper for the remaining two Nations Cup qualifiers, with Mpontshane joining Brilliant Khuzwayo and Darren Keet in the battle for the first-choice jersey.

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