A retired goalkeeper believes it is time to make peace with the fact that Itumeleng Khune’s position as first-choice at Kaizer Chiefs is now in the history books.
Khune is yet to play in the league this season with his only appearance having come in the MTN8 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in mid-August.
Since then, the veteran keeper has been in the matchday squad just once with Bruce Bvuma and Brandon Peterson exchanging the place to deputise for Daniel Akpeyi.
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"We need to be realistic instead of being stuck with the past," says Ronnie Kanalelo, who played for Mamelodi Sundowns.
Khune - who is still under contract until the end of next season - has featured in just a quarter of all the games that Chiefs have played in the last four years.
"He (Khune) has done well in the past and there is no doubt about that but then injuries affected his game, and he is not getting younger now. Before Itumeleng Khune there was Brian Baloyi and before Brian there were other keepers.
"We need to be realistic about this because we don’t know what the real issue is with him not even being able to sit on the bench. Chiefs have three other keepers and two of them are younger in Bvuma and Peterson who are all capable. I think the club has realised that they cannot be stuck in the past and with Bvuma he is in the national team, so he is the future.
"Akpeyi is of a quiet nature in his game, so he is not flamboyant and popular but then what matters is that he gets the job done. Itu can still another four or five years, but the question is that does he still want to play those years at another club.
"As things stand Chiefs is doing fine without him and we don’t know if he still has it to play for Chiefs. I would not want to get past with going on about what Itu did some 10 or 15 years ago when he started coming through to take over at Chiefs and in the national team," says Kanalelo.