Itumeleng Khune’s troubles at Kaizer Chiefs will ring louder yet again this week ahead of the latest edition of the Soweto derby.
Khune has featured just once for Chiefs this season before being demoted to the bench and then the stands for the last 19 games played by the club.
He is again expected not to play in this weekend’s meeting with Orlando Pirates having fallen behind Brandon Petersen, Bruce Bvuma and Daniel Akpeyi in the queue for game time.
If he is without minutes on Saturday, it will mark the tenth official Soweto derby meeting that he has not played.
His last appearance in this blockbuster fixture was in November 2018 when The Bucs came out 2-1 winners in the 2018 Telkom KnockOut semi-finals.
That was his sixth consecutive derby appearance and the last of the 27 matches that he has played in this fixture since making his debut in a 2-2 draw played in November 2007.
His most recent feel of this fixture has been in the Carling Black Label with his popularity earning him a place in this pre-season competition whose selection is based on fan votes rather than what the club coach decides.
Through Khune’s absence in the last nine derbies, Akpeyi has been the dominant figure between the posts playing all the nine.
Retired goalkeeper Pelewe Delamogo has even suggested to this website that Khune’s absence from the matchday squad could be more than just down to performance.
"There is more than what meets the eye with regards to Khune at Chiefs. This could be discipline-related. How is his attitude at training? Players that are popular with fans tend to have a certain attitude towards coaches because they feel entitled to play," Delamogo told KickOff.com recently.
Besides playing in the MTN8 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns the only other game-time taste that Khune has had this season was in the DStv Compact Cup for Warriors when he featured in both games in January.