Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela explains Itumeleng Khune’s omission
Posted: 23 October 2015 Time: 08:42
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has explained the reasons why goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was absent in their goalless draw against Jomo Cosmos on Tuesday night.
Khune returned on Saturday with Bafana Bafana players who took part in the international friendly matches against Costa Rica and Honduras.
But he did not make the sqaud when Amakhosi played Cosmos, with Reyaad Pieterse starting in between the sticks and Brilliant Khuzwayo on the bench, and Komphela has now explained the national gloveman’s omission.
"The issue of Itu was one, he has always had a little bit of a niggling injury and two, he travelled to Honduras and at the back of that long travel, there was a submission he also made with our members," Komphela said.
"From the hours he travelled, his ankles were actually swollen and it is a combination of injury, the travel and the play.
"Why I'm saying that is because he had only one training session before we could go and play the next match which was Cosmos.
"It is very important to manage your goalkeepers. We got three top class goalkeepers. Reyaad Pieterse - you can't question his ability and all the matches he played he has been doing tremendously well.
"Brilliant Khuzwayo, before he got injured, was on top of his game and the previous season when we won the Absa Premiership title, the two were highly influential in performances of the club and Itu was injured then."
Komphela remained titght-lipped over whether or not Khune may return to action on Saturday when they meet Mpumalanga Black Aces at Mbombela Stadium in the Telkom Knockout quarter-final.
"Coming to his state, it was just precautionary but at the back of three quality goalkeepers he is still there and one can say it is a question of how you manage it. When you bring him in, what are you saying to the others behind him? It's management of your team."