Darren Keet is the solution to Bafana Bafana's Itumeleng Khune conundrum - Rudolph Seale

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The Soweto-born legend has praised the national side for making it to the Afcon tournament

Former Bafana Bafana defender Rudolph Seale has congratulated the national team for reaching this year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Bafana defeated Libya 2-1 in their final Group E qualifier on Sunday in Tunisia, and Seale believes that the hostile nature of the clash was expected. 

“Yeah it’s a typical away game in North Africa where you see dirty tricks to unsettle us, but credit must go to Bafana for handling that pressure very well,” Seale told Goal.

“I am sure the Libyans wanted to see a red card from our side, they bullied the referee but the guys defended and managed the situation very well,” he said.

“It’s a job well done! Yes, the performance was not that good because even the statistics can show us, but we wanted a result and that is what matters most,” praised the legend.

With many having raised concerns regarding Itumeleng Khune’s absence due to injury and the potential of him missing out on the Afcon, the former Kaizer Chiefs defender is confident that with Keet, Bafana have found a sound replacement.  

“He did well, Keet did well -very exceptional. He gave the guys belief after pulling great saves in the opening stages of the game,” continued the former SuperSport United defender.

“I think any keeper can concede through a penalty. He showed his class, experience and he was cool to strive under pressure,” he noted.

“I think Keet is our solution, he is good and (Ronwen) Williams is also there. So there are no concerns in my view because these are two good goalkeepers,” he added.

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“I am also looking at the teams that have qualified, I think we are much better than some of them and we should be fine,” reacted the retired defender.

“I am not saying these teams do not deserve a spot at the tournament, but we are better than some of them when you talk history, the quality of the players and so on. But we need to get our preparations spot on and do well in Egypt,” said the legend.

“Look, the likes of Zimbabwe have done well and they didn’t go to Afcon by fluke. I am also happy for them, but we need to keep qualifying for these tournaments as we missed the previous one in Gabon,” he concluded.

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