Absa Premiership

Middendorp hints at no keeper replacement for Khune

2019-01-28 10:07
Itumeleng Khune
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has revealed he is happy with his goalkeeping department and hinted he may not pursue a replacement for Itumeleng Khune.

Khune is ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury he sustained at training meaning Virgil Vries has been moved into the number one role.

Meanwhile, Bruce Bvuma will act as his number two at Naturena whereas Brylon Petersen is the other understudy.

The Glamour Boys have been linked with Wits' Darren Keet as well as Mamelodi Sundowns' out-of-favour shot-stopper Thela Ngobeni, however, Middendorp appears to be satisfied with his available options.

He told reporters: "It was a clash with Willard Katsande, and unfortunately it was Willard - had it been another player it would probably have been a little softer, but it happens in a training session.

"Both were in the same team, both went for a 50/50 ball, and out, what can you do? Personally, I believe we have a setup.

"As I've said already, it's not the target of Virgil Vries to be competitive with the position of Khune, I think there will be not many goalkeepers who should do this or have this target.

"But, [it is for Vries] to make sure he does his best and make sure, knowing the qualities he has, to be himself and play his own game.

"I have my own idea on how to identify a good player, and I think this is something that everybody has to work on that he is on his way with support and follow my definition of being a good player.

"I believe in the goalkeeper department we are in, we trust the other players we have. Yes, they might not have the same experience or being capable of the same game minutes in the PSL or international like Itu, but it's okay.

"It's very difficult to put a different setup in at the moment, there's no club who will give you a goalkeeper for you to be in a different position. So, let's work with the guys we have, give them confidence and ask them to do the right stuff and be good, qualified members of the team."


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