DURBAN – Kaizer Chiefs have been fragile without the services of their goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune over the last six months but those days may be soon over as he inches closer to full fitness.
Itumeleng Khune sustained a shoulder injury last season and in his absence Daniel Akpeyi and Bruce Bvuma have battled for the No 1 berth without either of them taking ownership of the position.
A delighted coach Errnst Middendorp explained that Khune was not far away from a return to action at the post match media conference following Amakhosi’s 1-0 Absa Premiership victory over Black Leopards. An Eric Mathoho goal at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban securing the match on Saturday night.
“We will have Khune next week (meaning this week). We played him 45 minutes (in a friendly match last week). We will play him 90 minutes (in a friendly this week) and then he will be available for selection,” Middendorp confirmed the good news for the Chiefs faithful.
Bvuma was between the sticks in Amakhosi’s league opener against Highlands Park, which they won 3-2. Despite letting in those two goals at Makhulong Stadium, he was also chosen to start against Leopards but had to be withdrawn due to injury.
“We had an issue with Bruce at the training session (ahead of Leopards match) due to a groin problem. The medical team was confident that he could play today (Saturday). Immediately after a 10 minute warm-up, we had an impression that it would not work,” he added.
Defensive frailties were one of the major reasons for Amakhosi’s poor showing in the previous campaign during which the failed to finish in the top eight and thus miss out on this season’s MTN8 competition.