Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane says even though goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is working hard in training, he isn’t ready to start.
Bruce Bvuma started Amakhosi’s first three DStv Premiership matches of the 2022/23 season and conceded five goals. He was dropped after the 4-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Brandon Petersen started against Richards Bay as the Glamour Boys kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory on Saturday.
Several Kaizer Chiefs fans have been calling for Khune to be selected, but Zwane has explained that he simply isn’t as fit and ready as the other goalkeepers at the club.
“Itu has been doing well at training just like all the other keepers but he obviously needed to be at a certain level for him to be ready to play,” said Arthur Zwane, as quoted by SowetanLIVE.
“The other keepers are ahead of him in terms of fitness levels and state of readiness.
“He’s been working very hard on and off the field. He’s got his own personal trainer, which is something we encourage… it shows discipline and that he takes his career very, very seriously.
“We’re creating competition within the squad. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past… What is very key is who can help the team now.”
One can only wonder what Khune thinks about being told he isn’t match-fit.
The 35-year-old veteran appears to be in excellent shape judging by pictures on his social media accounts as well as those of the club’s.