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Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
22 Aug 2017
1:19 pm

Baxter explains Gould selection

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has explained why he selected Morgan Gould.

Morgan Gould (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Gould was included in the squad that will play Cape Verde in the two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier matches next month.

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“Morgan has been outstanding in the PSL, he has won numerous man of the match awards. I’ve coached him at SuperSport, I know his physical status now. He is probably better than I was with him at Chiefs,” said Baxter.

“I have no doubt at all that selecting Morgan is not a cry to bring back the old guard, like some your colleagues (media) would have you believe. What this says is that we have a soldier here that will go to battle for South Africa. We are not talking about six or 10 months’ time, we talking about now and I think Morgan Gould is very well equipped to do that. Plus his experience in the dressing room during big occasions will be a massive help.”

The 34-year old marks his return to the national team as one of the four new faces from the team that played Nigeria, with Thulani Serero, Daylon Classen and Bradley Grobler also making the cut.

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