Calvin Marlin backs Walters for Bafana Bafana return

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City goalkeeper coach Calvin Marlin tells Goal that based on form, Walters deserves to get a look into the Bafana Bafana set-up once again

Cape Town City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters has been pivotal to the team's surprise start to the season with a couple of man of the match performances.

“I know he was there a while ago. When I was there (as a player) he was starting to come through to the ranks,” Marlin told Goal.

The former Ajax Cape Town, SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper concedes that for all his impressive displays this season, his age will inevitably stand against him.

“Like you say that his age is going to stand against him, because other coaches will look and think he is 35, so what’s the point (of selecting him)?

“But if you pick players based on form, then yes he should have a look at him,” he said.

Walters had the unique honour of being part of Bafana's 2010 Fifa World Cup squad on home soil, despite the fact he did not get to play a single game, as he played second fiddle to both Itumeleng Khune and Moeneeb Josephs.

That was to be the one and only time he got close to the wearing his nation’s colours. Since his move from Maritzburg United last season to then Mpumalanga Black Aces, he has shone brightly.

He missed out on the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season award coming second to Sundowns’ Denis Onyango, and following the formation of City he has continued to impress leading them to their first-ever piece of silverware in the Telkom Knockout in December.

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On Tuesday, Egypt’s Essam El Hadary made history by becoming the oldest player ever to feature at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals at the age of 44.

“If you look at the Egypt goalkeeper he is still playing and his experience could help the youngsters coming through,” he added.

“So it all depends on what the new coach wants to do. But I mean is if you are going to pick based on age, then a lot of the players are going to miss out,” Marlin concluded.

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