Jody February says his competition with Itumeleng Khune for the South Africa No.1 jersey will make him better a goalkeeper.
With Bafana Bafana first-choice stopper joining the Ajax Cape Town youngster in the squad for the Olympics, he has a battle on his hands to win the gloves.
February’s shot-stopping abilities helped the team finish third in Senegal during the Eight Nations last year which served as qualifiers for the Olympics.
But with Khune there now, Jody who has learnt his trade from Roger de Sa and former Liverpool goalie Sander Westerveld, he is looking at the contest as a positive.
February says: “Goalkeepers don’t compete, we complement each other.
“Having someone as experienced as Khune can only make me grow.
“I am happy that Khune is here because he can help me so much in aspects of my game that I lack in.
“He knows what it takes to play in a global competition. He will push us to excel.
“I am working with one of the best and that will help me in my game because these Olympics are going to be huge for me.”
In the short time that Khune has spent with February in camp, the 20-year-old has become more vocal.
It’s an aspect that he and the team have lacked in the past. If February improves, this could be a defining moment for his career.
The No.1 jersey is vacant at Ajax Cape Town after Anssi Jaakkola joined English side Reading. There is also an opening in Bafana Bafana for a person who can challenge and back Khune.