Sowetan

Keeper sees national team as platform to grow

- By Sihle Ndebele

SuperSport United’s third-choice goalkeeper Boalefa Pule aims to use the experience he has been gaining from Bafana Bafana to make the number one jersey his own in the upcoming season.

Pule was part of the Bafana squad that won the Cosafa Cup plate a week ago, and he is also in the national team playing Botswana in the Chan qualifier on Saturday at Francistow­n Stadium, (3.30pm).

With two experience­d goalkeeper­s – Ronwen Williams and Reyaad Pieterse – always preferred ahead of him at SuperSport, the Zeerust, North West-born keeper is confident the experience he has been earning at the national team will help him move up the pecking order in the upcoming season.

“My advantage was that I knew the coach [Stuart Baxter] from SuperSport and that made things easier for me when I joined the squad. Playing in the Cosafa was an eye-opener for me. I learnt many things which will be vital when I return to my club,” said Pule.

“Next season I will go all out to challenge for the number one jersey because I have grown and learnt many things, especially at Bafana. When you are in the Bafana squad you play against other nations, that has given me a chance to learn how other African countries play in terms of tactics. It is a great opportunit­y to be in the national setup again,’’ added the 26 year old.

Like many players in the squad, Pule is chuffed to be in the Bafana squad and hopes being there may afford him a chance to be considered again in future.

“It is always a nice feeling to represent your country. Wearing the Bafana jersey is very important for every player because when you grow up you dream about that. I believe that being in the squad today may also contribute to future call ups because playing for the national team is a not oneday thing,’’ he said.

 ?? / LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IMAGES ?? Boalefa Pule is relishing being in the national team.
/ LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IMAGES Boalefa Pule is relishing being in the national team.

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