Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Linda Buthelezi said the onus would now be on goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo to prove that he deserves to start for the club in the Telkom Knockout final later this month.
Khuzwayo has come under considerable scrutiny for failing to honour a national commitment earlier this year, and Buthelezi thinks he now owes South African and Kaizer Chiefs football a bit of a debt heading into the Christmas break.
"We know that Chiefs do not tolerate such behaviour, the boy recently failed to honour a national team call-up saying he has family commitments, but was seen partying," Buthelezi told Goal website.
"That by itself has brought pressure on him and he will have to be at his best," added the South African legend.
Chiefs have had some defensive concerns in recent weeks and Khuzwayo will have to shoulder a little more responsibility than he would have to under normal circumstances.
"Like I said before, the boy is brilliant just like his name, but he is now hogging the headlines for the wrong reasons and a lot of people will be focused on him in that match," added Buthelezi.
"He will be expected to take a leading role at the back because Sundowns have been on song in recent matches and they will need to be solid at the back.
"Steve Komphela will also be under the same pressure to deliver this time around.
"Chiefs is not used to losing back to back finals having lost the MTN8 to Ajax earlier this year," he said.