Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has dropped yet another hint that Itumeleng Khune could be in goal for the Soweto Derby.
Whether it will be Khune or Daniel Akpeyi who the coach picks as the Amakhosi goalkeeper when they face Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium tomorrow afternoon has been a raging debate since the Bafana Bafana international returned from injury. Khune has only featured in the two Nedbank Cup games so far.
And Middendorp has admitted that it’s a tough decision to make, especially given that Akpeyi, despite his most recent error in Chiefs’ 2-1 Absa Premiership defeat to Maritzburg United earlier this month, has stood in with distinction.
“I absolutely respect opinions,” the coach said.
“There’s no doubt about it. I put it always into the process of decision making, but we have competence in our technical team to see what is the solution. I understand fully a certain emotional attachment to certain type of players – so what must I say? I understand, and I respect it. Probably he (Khune) is on the field, why not? As one option.”
Pressed on how tough a decision it is to make, Middendorp went further.
“It’s a very tough decision and each and everybody should respect it in the end and that’s it. Daniel has not taken a mental knock at all,” he explained.
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