Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng
Khune has defended the selection policy of head coach Ernst Middendorp
after Daniel Akpeyi's high-profile error against Maritzburg United on
Akpeyi's howler was costly as log-leaders Amakhosi went on to lose the game 2-1 with fans then heard chanting Khune's name.
Nigerian keeper Akpeyi has been Chiefs' number one as Khune has spent
most of the season on the sidelines due to injuries and Middendorp has
stuck with the former even though the latter is back fit again.
Khune though insists he will continue to train hard and will support whoever the coach selects in the starting team.
In quotes published on KickOff, Khune said: "I think it's
always good to give the coaches headaches on who to start and who should
sit on the bench, but every time we play and get told we're not in the
starting XI, we take it as professionals and we give the support to the
one who is starting and deserves it.
"So we're just going to continue performing at training but we have
to understand that only 11 players are allowed on the field, with one
goalkeeper, so I'll wait for my chance.
"I think it all boils down to confidence. The more I keep working
hard at training, the more I will convince the coaches that I deserve to
be back in the team.
"But if that doesn't happen then I will continue supporting Daniel
because it is a healthy competition, and you can see whoever is on the
field is able to perform.
"Unlike other players that you will find, when they are on the bench,
they sulk and the ones on the field are unable to concentrate and
perform to the best of their ability.
"So Daniel has been getting that full support from everybody in the
goalkeeping department and that’s why he has been doing so well."
- TEAMTalk Media