Perth Glory’s Velaphi delighted coaches keeping the faith in young keepers

Perth Glory goalkeeper Tando Velaphi is happy that coaches are beginning to show more faith in young and relatively inexperienced glovemen.

The 23-year old stopper is one of a group of keepers under the age of 25 in the A-League who are currently impressing for their respective club’s first teams and believes it is great for the game that coaches are seeing that not only experienced custodians can get the job done.

“Every few years or so, there’s a turnover of goalkeepers,” he told Australian Football Weekly.

“Even at the World Cup there were a lot of young guys. The guy from Germany (Manuel Neuer) who is only 24, the guy from Uruguay (Fernando Muslera, 23) and the guy from Argentina (Sergio Romero, 23). It’s great that young guys are getting an opportunity.

“I believe that cliché – if you’re good enough, you’re old enough. It’s good coaches now have the faith.”

At 185cm, Velaphi is not the tallest of goalkeepers but insists he makes up for that shortcoming with other attributes, just like world renowned shot-stoppers Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) and Pepe Reina (Liverpool).

“They’re as quick as anything and the best,” he said of the Spaniards. “Their distribution is great.

“There are other ways to be dominant as a goalkeeper. I might not have the size but I can be imposing with my speed and shot-stopping.”