Farouk Abrahams: Itumeleng Khune's Bafana Bafana replacement will have to deal with pressure

Khune is set to miss the crucial encounter due to a shoulder injury which he sustained while in action for his club Kaizer Chiefs

Former South Africa goalkeeper coach Farouk Abrahams says whoever will be in goal for Bafana Bafana against Libya will be under pressure.

Bafana are expected to be without their first-choice goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune when they lock horns with the Mediterranean Knights in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier next month.

Abrahams stated that the thought of stepping into “Khune’s shoes” will weigh heavily on anyone who will start in goal in the crucial encounter.

“No matter how good one can be at club level, the reality is that not everyone can make a set-up at international level," Abrahams told City Press.

Bafana will be under pressure when they take on Libya as they have to avoid a defeat in order to qualify for the Afcon finals which will be hosted by Egypt between June and July.

Abrahams, who was the Bafana goalkeeper coach at the 2002 Fifa World Cup in Korea/Japan, believes that South Africa coach Stuart Baxter and his technical team have a tough decision on their hands.

"With Khune injured, they [Bafana’s technical team] must now decide who is going to be the No 1 because the position is too delicate to just drop a goalkeeper even after one mistake," he added.

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Baxter could choose between Bidvest Wits keeper Darren Keet and SuperSport United shot-stopper Ronwen Williams, who have been serving as Khune's back-up. 

Both shot-stoppers have been enjoying regular game time at club level this season and they are expected to be included in the South Africa squad that will face Libya.

Keet has nine Bafana caps, while Williams has played six matches for the national team.