Goalkeeping legend, Francis Chansa, has played down Kaizer Chiefs' goalkeeping crisis and lauded the club for the competition created in the goalkeeping department during Itumeleng Khune’s absence.
Since Khune’s injury earlier in the season, Chiefs experienced challenges in the goalkeeping department, after Virgil Vries struggled between the goalposts and committed errors which led to goals and loss of points.
The situation led to Amakhosi signing Daniel Akpeyi from Chippa United in January and added him to Vries, Bruce Bvuma and Brylon Petersen in the club’s goalkeeping department.
However, the Nigerian international also committed a costly error on the weekend, which led to Polokwane City’s equalising goal as Amakhosi drew 1-1 with the Limpopo outfit on Saturday.
With Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp having become increasingly concerned with the way the team has been conceding goals, Chansa reiterated on the role of the goalkeeper coach in assisting head coaches in selecting goalkeepers who are ready for the different matches.
“A goalkeeper coach has to play a big role in assisting the head coach with regards to what happens in the goalkeeping department. The goalkeeper coach is the one who can see what the weaknesses of goalkeepers are. He can see what’s needed for competition in the goalkeeping department,” Chansa told the Siya crew.
“That’s why I love the system of Kaizer Chiefs. Look at Chiefs, when Khune got an injury, Virgil Vries came in. They gave him a chance to play and didn’t doubt him because they didn’t sign him by mistake, they signed him to come and play. It's continuing (with Akpeyi). Even me when I signed with Pirates I was signed to join the team and play. They (current goalkeepers) are lucky because when they sign with a club they find two or three goalkeepers in that team. When I joined Pirates there were eight goalkeepers. I had to break through all of them before I got a chance to play. The current goalkeepers are lucky because it’s not difficult for them to get a chance to play. I used to hide an injury because I wanted to get my chance to play,” added the former Orlando Pirates shot-stopper.