Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp believes
scrutinised goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma is the likely heir to the club’s
first-choice goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune.
Chiefs currently have six goalkeepers registered with the
first team which hasn't had a clear pecking order since Khune was ruled out
with a shoulder injury in mid-December 2018.
As it happened Khune's injury coincided with Middendorp's
return to Chiefs as coach and the German initially entrusted Namibian Virgil
Vries as stand-in, with Bvuma on the bench.
However, following high-profile errors against Mamelodi
Sundowns and Cape Town City (both matches which were lost), Amakhosi hurriedly
signed Daniel Akpeyi from Chippa United on transfer deadline day - and promoted
16-year-old Karabo Molefe to join Brylon Petersen among the sextet.
later, Akpeyi (32) was thrust into action in the drawn Soweto Derby against
Orlando Pirates ahead of Bvuma (23).
"We’ve seen that Bruce can provide. At the time before
the Derby, it was not the right time [to throw him in]," explained
Middendorp after that 1-1 match.
Akpeyi was then forced to miss the Nedbank Cup Last 16 clash
against The Magic as he was cup-tied.
Bvuma played in that clash, only his
second appearance of the season, but then returned to the bench for the two
Absa Premiership clashes which followed - against Polokwane City and Highlands
Mindful of Chiefs' upcoming Nedbank Cup quarter-final against
Cape Town City at the end of March, Middendorp then handed Bvuma the
goalkeeping responsibility against Maritzburg United over the past weekend and
intends to do so against SuperSport United on Friday at Lucas Moripe Stadium
"I think if there’s anybody actually [getting
recognition] here in South Africa for not being shy to bring in young players,
I should be one of the five candidates," Middendorp told KickOff website after the vital 1-0 win over Maritzburg United.
"But the decision to throw him in and probably destroy
him [against Orlando Pirates] was not right. Now, he has a little more of a clear settlement and
he’s a goalkeeper who can certainly be number-one in the next two or three
years, there’s no doubt about it."