Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune once again proved on Saturday that he is the country's undisputed first-choice goalkeeper.
The agile shot-stopper put in yet another superb performance for the national team, pulling off some impressive saves to deny the visitors more than their one goal on the day.
His performance reminded the nation of his unique qualities that both Ronwen Williams and Wayne Sandilands visibly fell short of in our two losses to Cape Verde.
There are two qualities that prove Khune' s superiority to his competition which was sorely missed against the small Portuguese speaking Islanders. His distribution is no doubt the best in the country.
His ability to pick out a key pass that contributes to the build-up of a goal is just as important as his goal-saving antics. He proved his prowess again in that department by contributing to two goals against Burkina Faso.
He commands the box as Khune's presence and influence on his backline for both club and country is impeccable. The defenders respect and listen to him. Both Williams and Sandilands are fairly fresh at international level and looked overwhelmed against the "Blue Sharks".
The fact that Khune's return from injury has coincided with the better form of club and country cannot be rendered a coincidence.
Therefore, it is now perhaps time to acknowledge that Itumeleng Khune is our only reliable goalkeeper in the country.
*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.