Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has made it clear that no exceptions will be made for club captain Itumeleng Khune regarding his future selection.
Khune is the most experienced figure in the Chiefs dressing room at present, having been part of the first team setup for nearly 17 years.
Despite his proven quality over the years, the 33-year-old has seen a decline in his form and subsequent contribution in recent seasons and squandered an opportunity to regain his prominence at the start of the season.
However, two costly blunders in consecutive games saw the Bafana Bafana shotstopper dropped initially from the starting line-up and eventually from the bench as well.
Questions have been asked over his importance to the team, and Hunt has stressed that while he remains a key figure in the dressing room, he is still expected to prove himself on the training ground if he is to reclaim his spot ahead of Bruce Bvuma and Daniel Akpeyi.
"He's very important, knowing that we've got someone of that calibre pushing to get into the team, so he's very important," Hunt told reporters.
"But he's like any other player, he's got to work hard and there's no entitlement to a position in any club anywhere.
"So he's working hard and doing well, and when his chance comes again, hopefully he grabs it. That's the only thing I can say on the situation."
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