A couple of us had a meeting with Stuart Baxter at Safa House in February and during the discussion, the Bafana Bafana coach related an amusing story I thought proves that the soccer gods have a wicked sense of humour. Baxter said a few years ago his son Lee, who is now the goalkeeper coach at Kaizer Chiefs, played for a team in Japan and they travelled to the US to play against the Canadian national team in a tournament in Seattle. When they boarded their flight Lee was the young 15-year-old who was just going along for the ride as the third-choice goalkeeper and he had about as much chance of actually playing as someone finding a vegetarian pit bull. But when the team landed in the US, the No 1 goalkeeper suddenly fell ill and this changed the dynamics of the trip. The No 1 goalkeeper failed to recover in time for the match and young Lee had to kit up on the day of the game and sit on the bench. The soccer gods were not done and 10 minutes into the game the No 2 goalkeeper, who ha...

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