World Cup 2010: South African Goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters Hopeful Of A Bafana Place

Walters is looking to pounce on his late opportunity.
Bafana Bafana’s new arrival in the Brazil training camp, goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters, is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to fight for a place in the final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Walters joined his compatriots in Porto Feliz, Sao Paolo on Wednesday as a replacement for the injured Emille Baron. The Maritzburg United keeper has hardly settled down but is already battling it out for a spot in the final team.

“I have been part of the national team set-up over the last two years, but injuries have hampered my progress. The coach knows my potential and I believe I can still make it; I have some time on my side to convince the coach.

"I am not anxious at all about the final 23. In football, one needs to be confident to make it. If you are anxious that will continue on to the field and you will make silly mistakes, thereby limiting your chances,” said Walters, according to

His words were echoed by Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who said it was important that a third keeper be called-up.

“He was with us before when I was not here, but he left a good impression. We need a third keeper, and now that Baron has left we cannot stay without cover for important matches like Paraguay and Santos [in practice matches] with only two goalkeepers.

“The reason is that this is a specialised department and goalkeepers can be injured easily even at training, so to avoid a problem later we thought we should bring him to camp. He is a good keeper, and has a lot of potential,” said Parreira, according to

Become a fan of International on Facebook! Just click onto to join the beautiful game's leading fan community...