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Juggling Khune And Akpeyi – Middendorp’s Big Decision

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has admitted that he is not quite ready to be put on the spot regarding who will be the club’s No.1 goalkeeper now that captain Itumeleng Khune has returned to full fitness.

Khune made his long awaited return to action at home against Royal Eagles in the Nedbank Cup following four months on the sidelines, a period during which Daniel Akpeyi because the preferred choice and earned praise from the coach and clinched the Absa Premiership Player of the Month accolade for September and October. 

Read: Pitso's Ultimatum To Downs Youngsters 

Chiefs narrowly beat Eagles 1-0 to progress to the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup and the clean sheet would have come as a boost for Khune!

“I hope that Bruce Bvuma can also be thrown into the picture, he has different qualities and let’s add him too – basically we have three national team goalkeepers in the room. Itu will come back into the Bafana Bafana setup because that is definitely his goal,” Middendorp told reporters when asked how he will deal with juggle the strong goalkeeping department.  

“In the moment it is best not to think about it, the game was successful today (against Eagles) and we rest and train in the week and prepare ourselves for upcoming games. We will chat with the goalkeeping department because they have a clear understanding of what is possible. Let’s wait and see. I don’t want to make a decision now.”

Amakhosi next face Maritzburg United in the league on Saturday as they look to hold onto their lead at the summit.

Middendorp suggested Akpeyi will be restored to the starting line-up.

“Daniel played in the last league game and has had a solid run of games, he is very qualified and has kept us in the game. In the moment I would say Daniel will play next week. I don’t have a problem making the selection with Itu or without Daniel. We don’t talk too much about it, we just make the decision and that’s it,” the coach explained.

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