Williams says Erasmus deserves Bafana call

Former Bafana Bafana striker Mark Williams believes that Stade Rennais striker Kermit Erasmus deserves to start for the national team as he has plenty to prove.

Erasmus fell out of favour with previous coach Shakes Mashaba and has also struggled to feature under current mentor Stuart Baxter. As a result, he played no significant part in Bafana’s recent back-to-back losses to Cape Verde in World Cup qualifying.

Williams, who helped Bafana win the AFCON in 1996, told Soccer Laduma, “We had Erasmus who obviously wanted to show the people, ‘Listen here, all these problems that I had in the past, I want to show you that I can score’ and he doesn’t even get a game. Now, I can understand how he felt because I felt like that many times (in my own career).

“But, with Kermit’s pace that he has to run around, you need those players to open the defence and he is the only other one that can do it.

“Me as a legend, I want to forget about those two games, because we are asking now, do we still have the opportunity to go through? I don’t think so, people shouldn’t say that we are depending on this and that club, I don’t think so.”


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