'It would be suicidal to start with Khune'

SA National Teams

Former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper John Tlale says although he agrees with the inclusion of Itumeleng Khune in the national team, he should only be there for support.

Although the Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper still remains one of the best in the country, Khune has lost his place to Daniel Akpeyi again at Amakhosi.

The 33-year-old has been selected alongside Ronwen Williams and Darren Keet in the national team squad to face Sao Tome and Principe in two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers this weekend.

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"Not to be a first choice but to give support to the other goalkeepers, motivation in terms of experience," Tlale tells KickOff.com regarding Khune's presence.

"He's been there for a while you know, so I think it will boost their confidence. As long as he's not going to start, because you can see he's not recovered yet you know since he came back from the injury.

"To be honest, he is not the same player, so to start with him it will be suicidal, he needs to regain more confidence. And I think given a chance and time he will recover.

"We all know that he's a good goalkeeper. It's only now after he got a long layoff that he is struggling to recover his confidence and performance."

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Tlale says Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki was 100 percent right to include the fan favourite in his squad.

"He is influential because he's been there for a long time, he's been there for ten years and has been doing well for the country," Tlale adds.

"So he can't just be a bad goalkeeper in one day. It happens to anyone when you are coming from a long injury, you will never be the same you understand."

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