South Africa’s Afcon 1996 legend Mark Williams believes newly called up striker Prince Nxumalo is ready to play against Cameroon.
The Ajax Cape Town forward isn’t experienced, so others believe out of form players like Tokelo Rantie should be trusted instead for such a crucial game, the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.
“I saw the potential when I was still training the SuperSport United strikers before he went to Ajax and I knew from then that the boy will go far,” Williams told Goal.com
“For me, I think Shakes needs to be brave and throw Prince into the deep end against Cameroon.
“He is the fittest striker in the Bafana squad who has been playing week in and week out.
“You know our coaches; they will tell you that they took the boy so that he gets the experience of travelling.
“For me, he and Ndumiso Mabena are the only fit strikers in the team.”
Nxumalo has scored 11 goals in the PSL this season, two behind leading striker Collins Mbesuma.
“I remember that I also made my debut for the national team against Cameroon and I did not disappoint.
“For me, the only way for a player to get international experience is by playing him and not just taking him to travel with the team.
“This boy has proven that he is a goalscorer and he needs to be given a chance.”