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Brian Baloyi believes Itumeleng Khune should be between the sticks for
his former side when they take on Orlando Pirates in the Soweto derby
Amakhosi head coach Ernst Middendorp said recently that Daniel Akpeyi
will be his first-choice shot-stopper for league matches while Khune
will start in the Cup games.
Chiefs though were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday by
Highlands Park and Middendorp now has to decide if Khune should return
in goal for the remaining 10 league matches as the log leaders chase the
Baloyi, who was known as 'Spiderman' to Amakhosi fans for his
acrobatic saves, has always rated Khune as the best keeper in South
Africa and feels he should regain his place as the Chiefs number one
after fully recovering from his injuries.
In quotes published on KickOff, Khune said: "Ja with that one you know I'm going to be bias, you know Khune is my boy.
"I'm going to stick with him. The Derby at this stage needs experience more than anything.
"For me the more there's doubts about who's number one at Chiefs, the more it destabilises the team.
"The coach and staff should find a better way of resolving this issue and talk about it, instead of just dismissing it."
Baloyi explained that he is not trying to discredit anything that
Akpeyi has done for the Glamour Boys this season but feels Khune's
superior distribution skills can be used a weapon against the
"Akpeyi has been doing well, but not well enough to say he's number
one, not well enough to say... when you look at the past derby, he was
at fault for maybe two goals," added Baloyi.
"And when you say you need other options for the team to play, Khune can give you those options with the distribution.
"So I think the team should be looking at using his experience in the game.
"It might be very controversial to say who's going to play, but if it were me I would play Khune, if I were the coach."
The Soweto derby is scheduled to be played at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.
- TEAMtalk media