The goalkeeping competition between Itumeleng Khune and Senzo Meyiwa is already established in South African football. They started fighting for the number one jersey since being selected in the South African under-17 squad and then into under-23 and senior level.
At some stage Meyiwa was the favourite but things changed when Khune got a promotion to Kaizer Chiefs' senior team. Mashaba agrees that at some stage this was the case but he believes that what really made Khune standout was his maturity.
“Goalkeepers mature and the sooner this happens it becomes better for that particular goalkeeper. On the other hand Meyiwa might have been the best but you need to assess the level of competition at that time,” said Mashaba.
It is without a doubt that Khune’s ball distribution is the best in the country and Mashaba believes that these are the attributes that have made him the best goalkeeper not only for Bafana but in the country.
“I think Khune has proved to himself to be the best goalkeeper, if you look at how he handles the crosses, one on one and most importantly his decision making. On the other hand I think Meyiwa’s challenge is stage fright and trying too hard to prove himself,” said Mashaba.
Another goalkeeper who has been named as backup is Mamelodi Sundowns' Wayne Sandilands. Mashaba said Sandilands has done well for his club but he feels that he still needs to improve on his confidence.
“He is a great player after Moeneeb Josephs and I think the only thing that he needs to work on right now is his confidence. Whenever he makes a mistake he just loses his concentration and confidence which is something that can cost a team,” said Mashaba.