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Rudolph Seale: Stuart Baxter should be applauded for Bruce Bvuma's Bafana Bafana inclusion

5:51 PM GMT+4 11/03/2019
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The retired international defender believes that Bafana Bafana cannot have any excuses if they lose to the Mediterranean Knights in Tunisia

Former Bafana Bafana defender Rudolph Seale suggests that it is imperative that coach Stuart Baxter’s men head into the match with Libya in search of a win.

The legend spoke to Goal after Baxter announced his squad for the match against the Mediterranean knights in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier later this month.

“Yes, we need a draw but it is not something we must take lightly, we all know the Arab countries are very difficult, we need to go there with a disciplined approach,” Seale explained.

“It is a well-balanced squad and we couldn’t ask for more. The players are on-form and very experienced. Coming to the game, it’s not a tall order because we need a point, but our mistake would be to say we want a point and underestimate the Libyans – we need to go for the kill and get goals to win it,” he added.

In addition, Bafana last qualified for the Afcon in 2015 when it was hosted in Equatorial Guinea, but missed the finals in Gabon, in 2017.

Moreover, former Kaizer Chiefs star has welcomed the inclusion of Amakhosi goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma, which took many by surprise.

“We need a win to qualify for Egypt because it’s been a while. We can’t afford to miss this one and the fact that Libya are looking for a win means they will throw everything at us,” he continued.

“Coming to the goalkeeping department, I think the coach must be applauded for calling Bvuma to get experience,” he said. 

The former SuperSport United defender reckons Ronwen Williams and Bidvest Wits keeper Darren Keet are the best candidates to start the encounter set for March 24.

“He [Bvuma] is still young and because he is very close to (Itumeleng) Khune means he will get the right guidance, but Keet and Williams are the candidates to start,” he responded.

“For me he is doing well at Chiefs and he is getting his chance, but he is not commanding. He’s still young and will grow, he is very good in making saves, positioning and so on, but he must be vocal and command that area especially when talking about international level,” said the Soweto-born former player.

“Keet is experienced and could be the right man to start because he is doing very well for Wits in the league, but conceding goals at club level cannot be his fault alone because the defenders are also there,” he said.

Furthermore, reacting to the inclusions of the likes of Hlompho Kekana and the return of Bongani Zungu from injury, Seale states that Bafana have no excuses to lose in Tunisia.

“The midfield is solid and there is experience in my opinion. It’s good to have Zungu back and (Themba) Zwane is doing well at club level. He is creative for the national team and can also score goals,” he reasoned.

“Kekana is good, but because we might need pace there, I think he can be the man to finish things off, but not an ideal choice for me to start the game. I am happy with our striker, (Lebohang) Mothiba and (Percy) Tau are very dangerous and we can rely on them for goals,” concluded Seale.