Brian Baloyi: Itumeleng Khune must start in the Soweto Derby


Kaizer Chiefs legendary goalkeeper Brian Baloyi says Itumeleng Khune would be the one in goal on Saturday if he were the club's head coach.

Khune produced some excellent saves in the penalty shootout defeat to Highlands Park on Saturday despite the bad pitch conditions due to heavy rain at Makhulong Stadium.

This weekend Chiefs face their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium and the debate rages on as to whether or not Daniel Akpeyi should keep the place he has held between the sticks this season.

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According to 'Spiderman', the pressure that comes with the biggest game in South African football calls for a player who is more vocal like Khune.

"Ja with that one you know I'm going to be bias, you know Khune is my boy," the former Amakhosi goalkeeper coach tells

"I'm going to stick with him. Unfortunately we can't tell much about the past game, there was too much rain. We can't fault him that much, but 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.

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"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.

"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."

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