Itu Khune, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Reyaad Pieterse battle for the favour of Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela
Posted: 20 January 2016 Time: 11:13
With Itumeleng Khune on the way back to full fitness, Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela admits that he faces a selection headache over the next couple of weeks.
“One must accept the fact that in as much as it is difficult, it is a nice difficulty to have two or three great goalkeepers,” says the Amakhosi boss.
Chiefs have used Khune along with Brilliant Khuzwayo and Reyaad Pieterse this season and all three are now vying for the starter’s jersey when the club host Platinum Stars in Cape Town on Sunday.
Khune is back in full training after his knee injury although pointedly did not make the trip to the Free State last weekend where Pieterse was first choice and Khuzwayo his understudy on the bench in the 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic.
“Khune is trying to get his match fitness back after the surgery on his knee. Brilliant has been doing tremendously well and, remember Reyaad kept a clean sheet against Sundowns and went to Bloemfontein and also kept a clean sheet. It’s a great privilege to have top athletes in your team but it is also a challenge on how to manage them,” adds Komphela.
Khune has played the most league matches this season as Chiefs reach the halfway mark of their programme with seven starts to six for Pieterse and one for 25-year-old Khuzwayo.
Pieterse, 23, has been in goal for the last three games with Khuzwayo dropped after letting three goals in during the Telkom Knockout final against Sundowns in Durban.
The 28-year-old Khune’s last game was the 3-1 win over Lamontville Golden Arrows in Durban on November 3.