Stuart Baxter makes decision on Itumeleng Khune as Kaizer Chiefs' regular goalkeeper


Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter on Sunday confirmed club captain Itumeleng Khune as the club's regular goalkeeper after starting against Mamelodi Sundowns.

One of Chiefs' main strengths during their historic run to the CAF Champions League final last season was their goalkeeping department, with Khune, Daniel Akpeyi and Bruce Bvuma all proving capable when called upon.

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The arrival of former Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits stopper Brandon Petersen has brought added competition between the sticks.

After confirming Khune as captain and handing him a start in the MTN8 quarter-final defeat to Sundowns, Baxter revealed that Khune is set for a role as the regular shot-stopper.

"We've got four goalkeepers that on any given day could be the number one," Baxter said in a post-match press conference.

"This is not about rotation or mix and match. This is about choosing the goalkeeper who is playing well, that's in the best shape and suits the opponent.

"If Itu plays outstanding then we'll not be rotating, but if we feel Itu has gone off the boil or one of the others are playing outstanding and he will suit the next opponent better, then we'll make the change."

The former Bafana Bafana mentor added that the selection criteria will be based on form, while lauding the professionalism of all four players.

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"I have four [goalkeepers] who I'm very comfortable with each being the number one. I'll listen to Lee [Baxter], the goalkeeper coach and the opinions of the rest of the staff and discuss that about the upcoming opponents and make the best decision for that game," Baxter added.

"The competition is healthy. It's unhealthy when Itu is put on the sidelines and he's not all over social media and has a bad attitude in training, which is not the case.

"None of them are like that. Everyone is committed and supports the other no matter who it may be."

The Soweto giants open their DStv Premiership campaign with a clash at TS Galaxy on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 17:00.