Absa Premiership

Middendorp insists there is no keeper crisis at Chiefs

2019-03-11 13:40
Ernst Middendorp
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Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp insists there is no goalkeeper crisis at the club and was satisfied with the performance of Bruce Bvuma against Maritzburg United.

Bvuma started at the weekend as the Glamour Boys recorded a 1-0 win over the side at the bottom of the Absa Premiership standings.

The confusion came after 23-year-old Bvuma was preferred in goal to Daniel Akpeyi for the match against the Team of Choice.

However, Middendorp explained that with Akpeyi cup-tied for the Nedbank Cup clash later this month it was important for Bvuma to get some minutes under his belt.

Virgil Vries was the original replacement for the injured Itumeleng Khune, but the Namibian made blunder after the blunder and the Soweto giants were forced to sign Nigeria international Akpeyi in January.

Middendorp though has backed Bvuma to eventually take over from Khune in years to come and establish himself as the number one at the Amakhosi.

"Bruce is a goalkeeper and Daniel can't play because he is cup-tied, so you have to manage (Bruce). You can't just say give him a training session. That's not how it works in football," said Middendorp.

"This change has nothing to do (with any mistakes), I am very happy with Daniel. I am very happy with his performance in the last game.

"He is a national team goalkeeper. He will be in the AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations). To call this change a crisis isn't adequate. The aim was to give this guy a chance."

It will be interesting to see who Middendorp selects as his shot-stopper for the league clash against Supersport United on Friday as that is the final match before the Nedbank Cup quarter-final game against Cape Town City.

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