Shu-Aib Walters: I Won’t Allow Stephens To Relax

Cape Town City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters says he is keeping Sage Stephens on his toes and won’t enable the youthful goalkeeper to be complacent.

The 36-year old Capetonian was City’s first decision goalkeeper following the setting up of the club in 2017 and assumed a vital part on their approach to winning the Telkom Knockout Cup under Eric Tinkler in simply their first year of establishment.

But the arrival of young Stephens later last year changed the whole game for Walters, as the veteran goalkeeper found himself in and out of the starting line-up.

However, it has been completely different this season with Stephens starting most of the league and Nedbank games while Walters was given the nod in the two legged Confederations Cup matches against Costa do Sol where City played mostly their fringe players.

“Our relationship is perfect. Sometimes you have to realize that young keepers must come through, but I do not allow them to get complacent,” Walters said.

“Again, when I am needed, I can step in anytime.”

The veteran goalkeeper also said their camp is brimming with confidence after they defeated Orlando Pirates to reach the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup where they will come up against Mamelodi Sundowns.

He said the Capetonians have what it takes to go all the way and add the Nedbank Cup to their trophy cabinet.

City also played in the Confederations Cup though lost on away goals to the Mozambican side having taken the advantage winning 1-0 in the first leg match, but lost 2-1 on Sunday to be eliminated from the continental competition.

Despite the setback, the veteran goalkeeper described the experience in Africa as ‘lovely achievement’ for a City team that has a small history as far as the beautiful game is concerned in South Africa.

“For the team it’s been a great team building experience playing in African and doing well in the Nedbank Cup which has also given fringe players a chance to play,” added the goalkeeper.

“For me personally, it has been a lovely achievement and honour to play continental football.

“In the Nedbank Cup, we definitely can go all the way to the final. If we apply ourselves like we did against Wits and Pirates, then anything is possible.”

Written by Mathew

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