Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp backs Bruce Bvuma to take over from Itumeleng Khune in goal
Posted: 13 March 2019 Time: 08:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp believes young goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma is in line to take over the baton as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper from Itumeleng Khune.
Bvuma has long since been favoured by many a supporter to step in for the injured Khune but was not quite entrusted with the responsibility when Chiefs signed Daniel Akpeyi on transfer deadline day in January.
The youth graduate was made to wait in the wings as he watched Akpeyi take over from Virgil Vries – another new arrival at Naturena at the start of the season – ahead of last month’s Soweto Derby.
Despite him earning rave reviews, even from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for his exploits in a mid-season friendly fixture at the start of the year, he has had to wait until this past weekend to make his first league appearance since Middendorp’s arrived in December.
But the German tactician explained why the 23-year-old was not entrusted with the gloves ahead of the Soweto Derby, which saw Akpeyi make his debut instead.
“We’ve seen that Bruce can provide. At the time before the Derby, it was not the right time [to throw him in],” explained Middendorp recently.
“I think if there’s anybody actually [getting recognition] here in South Africa for not being shy to bring in young players, I should be one of the five candidates.
“But the decision to throw him in and probably destroy him [against Orlando Pirates] was not right.
“Now, he has a little more of a clear settlement and he’s a goalkeeper who can certainly be number-one in the next two or three years – there’s no doubt about it.”