Palacios: Meyiwa should be Bafana’s number one

Meyiwa kept seven clean sheets during Orlando Pirates’ Caf Champions League campaign, and Palacios believes that Igesund must give him a better chance


By Ernest Makhaya

Former Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios believes that Senzo Meyiwa deserves more recognition than he has been getting from national team coach Gordon Igesund.

Palacios wants Igesund to give Meyiwa a chance in the Bafana starting line-up to really prove that he is the best goalkeeper in the country.

“For me I think Meyiwa deserves to be playing regularly for Bafana. It has always been Khune, but it’s time Igesund gives him (Senzo) a fair chance,” Palacios told Goal. “It’s not that Khune is better than Meyiwa, but it’s all about getting a chance to prove yourself against the best players,” he said.

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Palacios worked with Meyiwa since the age of 10, and the two reunited when the Peruvian mentor was in charge of the Pirates’ first team two seasons ago.

Meyiwa (26) made his senior international debut against Swaziland a few weeks ago, and the former Bafana Bafana tactician, Palacios, believes that Igesund should have fielded the KZN-born shot-stopper against Spain on November 19.

“He got his chance against Swaziland and he proved himself and played well. He kept the clean sheet, but why was he deprived a chance to play against Spain?

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“He played in the Caf Champions League final which Khune hasn’t, but he continues to be number two to Khune. It’s unfair if you ask me. Meyiwa is the best, and should be given a fair chance to serve the nation,” added Palacios.  

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